STAWELL - Hartley and Eline Beelitz have celebrated a commitment they made to one another more than six decades ago. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage on April 24.
Mr and Mrs Beelitz exchanged their vows on the said date at Birdwood Lutheran Church in the Adelaide Hills in 1954.
The couple farmed in South Australia for twelve years before crossing the border into Victoria in March 1966 and purchasing land north of Glenorchy.
Mr and Mrs Beelitz have two children - Margaret and Michael, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The couple have a shared philosophy of togetherness and attribute that to the success of their marriage.
"We are happy because we have always worked well together, talked things over and what we owned has always been ours, never his or hers," Mrs Beelitz said.
The couple retired to an address in Moonlight Street in 1990 where they spent the next 15 years. In that time they travelled around Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
They oversaw a large garden they loved until they knew it was going to be too much to maintain, and built a new home in Kinsella Street.
Gardening has remained a keen interest for the couple, albeit now on a smaller scale.
For eight years Mr Beelitz did voluntary work at Eventide Homes, and you guessed it, most of that was in the gardens.
Mr and Mrs Beelitz remain active members of the Lutheran Church in Stawell, another commitment the couple made that has lasted just as long as their 60 years of marriage.