KORUMBURRA couple Doug and Dorothy Boston have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
The Bostons are synonymous with Korumburra.
Robert Boston came to Korumburra in 1893. He set up his business as a coach builder and blacksmith – on the original site of Bostons on Radovick Street. A replica of one of the original buildings is at Coal Creek.
After Doug’s brothers Roy and Keith returned from the war, they asked Doug if he’d join them in the garage business together with their father. That was in the mid-1940s.
Doug was there for 49 years as a motor mechanic, salesman, manager, and dealer principal.
In the later years, Roy left the business – he went into teaching; Keith retired; and Dorothy and Doug took charge of the business.
But Doug and Dorothy’s story begins much earlier than all this.
Around the 1950s, Doug recalls, was when Dorothy’s father asked Doug’s father if his son would partner her in the Korumburra deb ball.
“I thought she was a pretty good looking sheila,” Doug recalls.
“So, we decided to stick together and get married.”
Dorothy wasn’t ready to be married until she was 21 – that was her father’s stipulation.
So on August 28, 1954, a few months after Dorothy’s 21st birthday and just a few weeks before Doug’s 24th birthday, they got married.
They went on to have three children: Allan, Graham, and Marie.
On Saturday, August 24, they had a family gathering at Graham’s house with all the family that could come.
“Our son Allan is in Dubai – he’s the CEO of the American Hospital there, I invited him out for the barbeque, but he said he couldn’t get here in time,” jokes Doug.
Both Doug and Dorothy have long been involved in the local community.
For 30-odd years, Dorothy made costumes for the Coal Creek Costume Society.
Dorothy and her father, and her uncle Jack, also used to play music for the local dancers for many years at Kardella, Kardella South and Ruby.
“Dorothy and I were very keen dancers when we were fit enough,” said Doug.
“We used to a run a dance in the local Presbyterian Hall once a month,” he said, adding that they also organised dance lessons.
They also did a lot of fossicking in their early days chasing opal.
“I did quite a bit of cutting and polishing. We were very involved with lapidary; collecting mineral samples from Tassie to Queensland and all over the place.”
They’ve also been involved in the local historical society.
Doug’s been on the Carinya Lodge committee and local cemetery trust – which he’s still a part of.
“When I was in business, I knew heaps of people, but when you’re out of the circuit – I retired in 1995 – you don’t meet people like you used to.”
The Bostons were one of the first businesses to introduce TVs to Korumburra.
They opened the showroom every night when the 1956 Olympic Games were on in Melbourne.
“We had a 17-inch box and we had about 100 people watching it.”
It’s probably easier to list what they didn’t sell, rather than what they did.
The Bostons basically introduced the grey Ferguson tractors to the district, which was a revolution in farming in the local area.
“We sold Vanguards, and Standard Motor cars, and that eventuated into Volkswagen, and then Toyota in the later years.
“We had 35 employees at one stage. We sold cars, tractors, and electrical.”
The Boston family ran the business, adapting to different needs over several generations, for 102 years before Doug retired in 1995.
Since then, Doug and Dorothy have been enjoying retirement.