Like so many of their generation, Tom and Sheila White first met at a local dance when they were in their early 20s.
It was around 1947 - they both agree they can't remember exactly when - in the Bungaree hall when they first felt the spark that would connect them for the next seven decades. Tuesday is their 70th wedding anniversary.
"We'd known each other in passing, but all I really knew was that he wasn't as good a dancer as me," Mrs White, 96, said, laughing.
Mr White agreed he was lucky his future wife wasn't put off by his dancing because he was quickly smitten with the girl from Dunnstown.
"I didn't think she was a bad sort," he said with a wry smile. "She was always looking smart and had a wonderful personality."
Within a couple of years the pair were walking down the aisle on October 8, 1949, in front of 150 family and friends at St Patrick's church in Ballarat.
They honeymooned in Adelaide for a week before returning to set up their first home Ballarat. When Sheila's mother died they moved to Dunnstown briefly before building the home in Millbrook that they still live in today.
In 1953 their first child, John, was born and his sister, Glenda, was born in 1958. The White family was complete, until their three granddaughters came along and now they have a great grandchild on the way.
Mr White worked as a truck driver and his new wife worked in the office at a box factory.
Mrs White would go on to run the Ballan TAB for a number of years, while Mr White continued driving large vehicles, including the local school bus.
The Whites agree that compromise and communication are the key to any successful relationship, and they had it in spades.
"I thought he was the apple of my eye," Mrs White said.
"She is just marvelous," Mr White, 92, chimes in.
"You have to give and take. It's all about good communication."
Being social has been a hallmark of their relationship and they attribute this to their health and vitality.
"Keeping busy is the key to a long and happy life," Mrs White said. "I played tennis until I was 70."
Even now, the Whites are a regular fixture at birthdays, weddings and other celebrations, and only recently did they stop going to Senior Citizens events.
There is always family nearby to check on them or, as is often the case, take them to one party or another.
Mrs White reckons a good marriage needs patience too.
"There can be a bit of trial and error, but you need to keep patient," she said.
"Treat each other well, be kind and always have each other's backs."
Mr White said it would be remiss of him not to mention his wife's culinary skills.
"My wife is a good cook; an excellent baker," he said.
"And a wonderful, genuine person."
Mr and Mrs White celebrated their milestone 70th wedding anniversary with a family lunch on Sunday.
Eve Fisher is the White's granddaughter.