Hartley and Sarah Ball celebrate 70 years of marriage

I do: Hartley and Sarah Ball married at Warrnambool's Presbyterian Church 1947

I do: Hartley and Sarah Ball married at Warrnambool's Presbyterian Church 1947

Hartley and Sarah Ball believe the secret to a successful marriage is betrothing a good cook.

After 70 years, four children, 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, the pair are entitled to have their say.

Test of time: Hartley and Sarah Ball are celebrating 70 years of marriage this week. Picture: Chistine Ansorge.

Test of time: Hartley and Sarah Ball are celebrating 70 years of marriage this week. Picture: Chistine Ansorge.

When the Horsham drover married the shire president’s daughter in September 20, 1947, the only hiccup they faced was a blown tyre on the wedding car.

This was a union that began after Hartley Ball finished a sheep droving trek from Horsham when he walked right past Sarah Drake’s family home in Childers Cove.

The rugged 18-year-old had left his home during 1944 to travel south for water sources during the drought.

“She must’ve thought I was a good-looking bloke,” Mr Ball said.

Mrs Ball thinks it was more likely to have been the novelty. “It was the first time I’d seen anyone driving sheep along the road I guess.”