From the archives: Reg and Faith O’Connor celebrate 65 years of marriage

By Benalla Ensign



It was love at first sight when Reg O’Connor laid eyes on his future bride more that 65 years ago.

When Mr. O’Connor met Faith at the Violet Town dance in the early 1940s, he knew he had met his soulmate.

And last week, the O’Connor’s celebrated 65 years of wedded bliss.

“If I was fishing, it would have been the best catch I ever got,” Mr O’Connor said of his first meeting with the young nurse.

Married at an Ascot Vale church on October 16, 1944, Mr O’Connor said the secret to a happy marriage was living each day at a time.

“And our faith in our good Lord above,” he said.

Following their first meeting, the O’Connors lived in Violet Town for a number of years, but then moved to Benalla in the 1970s for Mr O’Connor’s job with the Country Roads Board.

Mrs O’Connor is now a full-time resident of Cooinda Village, but she gets visits every night from her husband of more than six decades.

And when asked if he could name three things he adored most about his wife, Mr O’Connor beamed.

“I could name 103 things I love about Faith,” Mr O’Connor said.

Also in The Ensign this week in 2009:

● More than 40 residents and volunteer firefighters attended Samaria Rural Fire-brigades’ bushfire preparedness meeting.

● Cooinda residents got in some practice in preparations for the motorised time trial races at next month's Benalla Festival.

● Benalla resident and vietnam veteran Ray Slater arranged a local launch of war documentary They'll Come Looking for You.



Two Benalla College students, Richard Jani and Martin Bradley, prepared a steer for the Melbourne Show as part as the agricultural/horticultural studies.

The steer which was provided by the Waite family was presented in a very professional manner and was placed ninth out of the 42 entrants in the same class.

This was pleasing and justified the many hours of hard work by the students.

The Beef Carcass competition has increased entries this year and the competition was fierce, Local Red Poll breeders, Wagra Stud, run by the Stafford family, and the Vallen Stud, run by the Stafford family, were exhibitors.

In the second class they did well, Stafford with a score of 85.7, Waites, forth with a score of 83.8.

There were 33 entered in this class. It is pleasing to see local interest in the beef carcass competition.

It is proof our cattle are meeting the market requirements. Red Polls were second on the hook and third in the Brothwick Trophy

Also in The Ensign this week in 1994:

● Jill and David Smith welcomed new son, Matthew Smith.

● Building got under way on the major remodeling and renovations of St Joseph's and FCJ schools in Benalla.

● Benalla and District Memorial Hospital raised $10 169 in its annual appeal.