Pete and Aileen Rumball.
We were the first couple to be married in the John Flynn Memorial
Church in Alice Springs in 1956, and are still going strong (sorta) at
the time of writing, late 2010.
I mention this, not to brag at all, but to claim privelige, on account
of age, for any mistakes in this Web-Site.
We both have a long family, as well as personal history in "The
Aileen is the only daughter of Alex McLeod of Utopia Station (now known
as Urapuntja), educated at PGC in Adelaide, and at the time
of our engagement was a radio operator for the Royal Flying Doctor Base
in the Alice.
I was the only son of Bob Rumball, one of the first people to regularly
travel the track to the Alice from the Southern Flinders Ranges as a
representative for the Shell Company of Australia. He eventually moved
to the Alice and I was educated at Queens College in Adelaide.
Bob took over the Shell Depot in the Alice as an agency and I joined
him in this business, also taking on other agencies including
Southern Cross Machinery.
Aileen and I later moved out to Utopia and started growing 30 acres of
lucerne under irrigation from an underground water supply, eventually
producing over a ton (imperial) per acre almost every month.
Then tradgedy struck, Aileen's only brother died suddenly at the age of
30 whilst he was in negotiations to take over Utopia from his
father. The property was sold to a neighbour who also took over
the Lucerne block.
After a short time in the Alice we moved to Queensland where we engaged
in different ventures including cattle raising, Real Estate, motor bike
dealing, Boutique Shop, and Stained Glass work.
While running the Motor Bike Shop I suffered a 60% burns accident which
put me in the Royal Brisbane Hospital Burns Ward for 3 months, followed
by a 12 month convalescence.
On retirement we sold up everything, bought a lovely caravan and
travelled around the goldfields of NSW, Victoria and West Australia,
prospecting Gold with considerable success.
We are now in a retirement village and I spend 18 hours a day on my
computer, writing 'net articles, and building this website.