Tweed couple marks 75 years of marriage
BILL has always loved Flo.
The couple celebrated 75 years of marriage last week, on Monday, and Bill's 96th birthday on Thursday.
There are simple secrets to a successful marriage that has spanned almost eight decades and produced three children, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
The Robsons' eldest daughter Valda Van der Meulen, 72, said her enduring memories of growing up in Broadwater, Victoria, with siblings Neville and Beverly were her father's endearment of her mother.
"Dad was the partner who set the tone," she said.
"He said their marriage always came first.
"And we as kids could never manipulate them - mum would always say ... 'You know what your father would say'.
"There was never much money for flowers, but dad always came home and threw his arms around her and told mum he loved her; he cherished her."
Mrs Robson, 95, married Bill when she was 20 and he was 21, after they met through friends at the Methodist church in Sydney.
They took a honeymoon in the Blue Mountains lasting two weeks, in 1940.
"When we were young we played a lot of tennis," Mrs Robson said.
"We were both in the same tennis competition, and we played to A-Grade.
"We enjoyed that very much - just doing things together."
She was "always at home" and having her children was the highlight of her life.
"And, of course, Bill was put into the army, and he was stationed in New Guinea a couple of years," she said.
"Valda was born while he was away.
"He didn't see her until she was 19 months old.
"The first time she saw her dad, she hung on my skirt and she said, 'That's my daddy and I'm so shy'.
"I can remember that as plain as anything."
The couple spent the past 30 years of their marriage in Tweed.
Their relationship advice was that couples should do more things together, rather than going their own way.
Richmond MP Justine Elliot visited the couple at Fairways Tweed Heads with a certificate and flowers to congratulate them.
"This is a wonderful occasion for Bill and Flo and their family and I am so excited to be invited to celebrate this significant achievement of 75 years of marriage," she said.