TRUE LOVE: Tom and Edna Gosney were married on November 22, 1947.
TRUE LOVE: Tom and Edna Gosney were married on November 22, 1947. Katherine Morris

70 years of marriage after a blind date

DECADES of wedded bliss started with a chance encounter for Nanango's Tom and Edna Gosney.

The couple will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this week.

Tom and Edna were married on November 22, 1947 in Oakey.

They met Tom was in the Air Force at Oakey and Edna was a waitress working in a cafe.

"I didn't know how to cook and so I would go there for a good meal every day,” Tom said.

"Soon enough I was set up on a blind date and it was Edna.”

Soon after, Edna's father gave the couple some land and Tom built a house while working as an auto-electrician.

Edna said she had to save her rations up to get enough material for her dress and her sister-in-law made her dress and her bridesmaids' dresses.

"We didn't have a car and didn't have enough money to go on a honeymoon,” Edna said.

"We lived in the shed while the house was being built.”

They moved to Nanango in 1966 and ran the mobile service station, which is now the BP service station.

They have four children, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Tom and Edna said that marriage was about compromise and talking things through.

Their favourite memories are travelling around Australia together and sailing around islands off the east coast and in the Whitsundays.

"We saw it all,” Tom said.

"We've been lucky to have such a supportive and loving family.”