Petrina, Zac and Kendall Warburton of Salt, Flo Stehn of Nambour, Jenny and Jim Hill of Banora Point and David Hill of New Zealand celebrate Jim's 90th birthday.
Petrina, Zac and Kendall Warburton of Salt, Flo Stehn of Nambour, Jenny and Jim Hill of Banora Point and David Hill of New Zealand celebrate Jim's 90th birthday. Karen Harper

Love still strong after 50 years

BANORA Point residents Jim and Jenny Hill's Boxing Day wedding in Rockhampton in 1961 certainly was not of the shotgun variety.

Aged 40 and 21 at the time, many people did think the union, after a short engagement, was inspired by a bun in the oven, though.

As their 50th wedding anniversary nears, Mrs Hill told the Daily News "it was a big thing in those days".

"People said he was old enough to be my father.

"Mum liked him but reminded me that when I would be 41 he'd be 60.

"Times may have changed, but emotions don't - as you get older your emotions get stronger."

Speaking at his 90th birthday party at their home not far from the Terranora farm they moved to immediately upon marrying, Mr Hill said he never thought about his age.

"And if I see a bloke walk past who looks like he's struggling I'll just think 'poor old bastard'." he said.

"People have asked me if I feel like I've achieved something, but no, it's just another day."

The Hills have four grandchildren from daughter Petrina Warburton, who married a man named Kendall and now lives at Salt, and their son David who lives in New Zealand

Mrs Hill said the age difference had always created "a good balance" in their relationship.

"We help each other, and we're always busy doing something.

"It's genuine love, of course, yes, which strengthens when you get older because you need each other more.

"When you're younger you work together to look after the children; we're proud of our children.

"Then you've got time for you," she said.

In response to the sensitive probability of Mr Hill leaving her behind while still so relatively young, the doting wife said she was not worried.

"I would be more worried about him, if I went before him.

"It's an obvious thing with such an age difference, but life doesn't work that way.

"People don't always die of old age."

She said her husband was a very caring and considerate person, while Mr Hill said he was well looked after by her and "very lucky".



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