Peter and Tinie Meindertsma celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 12, 2020. There was a big celebration at the Richmond Club with family and friends on Saturday, March 14, some of them coming from interstate, Victoria and Queensland.
Both Peter and Tinie were children of Dutch migrants who came to Australia in the 1950s; Tinie and her family moved to St Albans and Peter and his family moved to a dairy farm on Castlereagh Road called Tyreel.
Peter helped his father run the dairy farm and also engaged in contract work for other farms in the district.
When they married they continued on the farm and Peter's parents moved off and went to run another property in Oakville.
They stayed on the farm for another six or seven years, and they had three children who were all born in the Richmond Community Hospital in West Market Street in Richmond.
Their family has since grown and the family gatherings are getting bigger every year.
They now have 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, with another on the way.
They eventually sold the herd of dairy cattle and moved to a property on Mamre Road in St Marys, where they continued their farming pursuits.
On retirement they moved back to the Hawkesbury where they still have friends and some family. They first built a new house in Agnes Banks, but now they have moved into Richmond, where they feel at home.