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A love story born in the USA
by Samantha Thomas
A chance encounter on the
other side of the world just
over 30 years ago was the
start of John and Bronny
Gladigau’s love story.
While John was in America on
a farming exchange, Bronny (nee
Scherer) was preparing to be an
assistant youth group tour leader.
The pair met when the tour’s
leader Bruce, a friend of John’s,
suggested he come along and meet
John said their first meeting
immediately changed his precon-
ceived idea of Melbourne girl
“Bruce said she was a nursing
sister... I had this vision in my
mind of this very big, matronly
60-year-old batalax,” he said.
“I met up with the tour at
Anaheim and bumped into one of
the people I knew and we had a
chat for a bit and they said they’d
take me down to meet Bronny.
“I walked into this room and
there’s this huge pillow fight hap-
“The feathers were fluttering
down and there she was and I
thought, ‘that’s Bronwyn?’.”
Despite John’s delight in meet-
ing Bronny, the pair were sim-
ply friends during the trip, but
love blossomed at another chance
encounter a few months later.
“Six months after we got home,
the friend who introduced us had
a 21st and I came over to South
Australia and John came down
and that was where we clicked,”
The early days of their relation-
ship were difficult and with city
girl Bronny travelling hours by
bus from Melbourne to spend time
After 12 months of bus trips,
love letters and $1.20-a -minute
phone calls, Bronny moved to the
Mallee and has called it home ever
John said Bronny was instantly
part of the family, with the pair
engaged and married soon after
“I thought she was so far out of
my league, as she was this amaz-
ingly beautiful, confident, educat-
ed, career-focussed city girl, who
lit up the room and was adored by
everyone who met her,” he said.
“I was just a poor Mallee farm-
er who hadn’t even finished high
“My family fell in love with her
the first time they met her and they
too thought she was too good for
The pair began family life, with
son Jayden born in 1998, shortly
followed by Aimee.
“We were early 30s when Jayden
came along, so in some ways,
because we didn’t have the kids
when we were really young, I sup-
pose they’ve kept us young,” John
While the couple have common
interests, such as travelling and
their faith, Bronny believes their
differences keep them together.
“I think we complement each
other in many things and we sup-
port each other in everything that
we do,” she said.
According to John, it is “hard to
imagine” life without Bronny.
“It’s like two bits of a jigsaw
puzzle that have to be together to
see the whole picture,” he said.
The Gladigaus will spend
Valentine’s Day apart, with John
away for business.
However, the couple will still
“touch base” sometime today.
Besides, according to Bronny,
who needs only one day a year to
tell their partner just how much
they love them?
“Every day should be Valentine’s
Day,” she added.
After a fate meeting on the other side of the world, John and Bronny Gladigau’s love story began. INSET:
Bronny and John at their engagement party in February 1989.
The future of The Village, Historic
Loxton will be discussed at Friday’s
The District Council of Loxton Waikerie
(DCLW) sought expressions of interest to
lease the local tourism attraction last year.
Recommendations put forward by DCLW
staff to be discussed at Friday’s meeting in
To support the development of a third par-
ty lease with the Loxton Community Heritage
Group for the ongoing management and oper-
ation of the Loxton Historical Village.
Support the proposal of (Here’s Your
Beer owner) Jarrod Loxton for the placement
of temporary containers in the northern portion
of The Village for the operation of a food ser-
vice subject to meeting all relevant approvals.
Approve community consultation being
undertaken on the designated community land
known as The Loxton Historical Village.
Support a budget bid going forward for
2018/19 to undertake required alterations to
The Village so as to facilitate the location
of the food service and meet Building Code
For more information about The Village
and what councillors decide, see next week’s
Tourism attraction’s future
up for discussion this Friday
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