A LETTER written in 1943 by a former Buderim man asking for his wife's hand in marriage has been found in a book bought at a second-hand bookstall in Melbourne.
The letter, written by the late Stuart Weir, is addressed to the Reverend and Mrs Green and seeks permission to marry their youngest daughter, Loloma, who "has captivated my heart".
The Melbourne book buyer was so intrigued that he searched the internet for a Stuart Weir and found a link to the Buderim Foundation Gifts in Memory page.
Mr and Mrs Weir have been strong supporters of the foundation and his Gifts in Memory story was written shortly after he died in 2004.
The story includes details of Mr Weir's graduation from Duntroon Military College in 1942 and his marriage to Loloma Green in 1944.
The Melbourne man telephoned Buderim Foundation Board member John Devers, who contacted a Weir family member.
Mrs Weir, who now lives in Buderim Views, was delighted to receive the letter and to hear the story of how it was found in a book which must have belonged to her father, Robert Green.
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"This is very special for me and I really appreciate the effort this gentleman has made to trace my family," she said.
"Stuart has been recognised as the only officer to have commanded troops in combat in four wars.
"He was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in Papua New Guinea and the Distinguished Service Order for his action in the Vietnam War."
Mr Weir joined the Buderim Historical Society when he and his wife moved to Buderim in 1977.
He led walking tours of Buderim's historic sites and, in 1983, identified Buderim's historic trees, some of which were subsequently listed with the National Trust.
In 1986, he painstakingly researched the origin of Buderim's street names, and arranged for the publication of a booklet called Beautiful Buderim: Origin of Street Names.
His ashes were buried under a frangipani tree in the grounds of the Historical Society's Pioneer Cottage.
The council recently recognised his dedication to Buderim by naming the viewing area overlooking Martins Creek in Lindsay Rd as Stuart Weir Place.
THE LETTER READS:
9 June 1943
Reverend and Mrs Green,
I sincerely hope that this request is the first and last of its kind to be put before you.
Your youngest daughter, Loloma, has captivated my heart to such an extent that I have no alternative but to request her hand in matrimony.
My army career has taught me never to make major decisions without making an appreciation.
The pros and cons in this instance have received my earnest attention for many months now.
It is not as if I don't know the Green family but that no plans can be made by either party concerned until your approval is given.
Both Loloma and myself desire that the marriage take place during my next appearance in Melbourne.
I shall be anxiously awaiting your reply.
Very sincerely yours
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