Bert and Betty Bircher – A little bit of history

Bert & Betty

Bert & Betty

Betty Bircher, nee Elizabeth Bunting, has been married to Bert Bircher for 40 years. They live in the Dandenongs in Victoria, in a little weatherboard cottage, where they’ve been since they married in 1968. They had a lovely honeymoon in Adelaide; staying with Bert’s Aunty Ray and Uncle Harry and they bought their first dog, “Noodle” – a sausage dog.

Betty and Bert have three children, Karen, 32, who trained as real estate agent, Jodie 31, who trained at Dookie and lives in Swan Hill, and Ben, 31 who’s taken over the nursery in Emerald from his dad, Bert. Ben has two lively children, Brodie 12 and Devon 10 – The two grandchildren certainly keep Bert and Betty busy as grandparents!

Betty trained as a nurse, and worked at the local old people’s home in Emerald until 2000. She joined the Country Women’s Association (CWA) after the bushfires in 1983: she saw a lot of the devastation the fires wrought and committed to doing something to help the community. Bert has been very active in the Emerald Rotary Club since 1980, helping raise funds and building a new shelter shed for the local primary school. Betty helps out at the Rotary sausage sizzles and with the Christmas stall, making jams, but her commitment is to the CWA because she believes that rural women really do need the support.


Bert and Betty both barrack for St Kilda

Favourite Meals

Betty’s Favourite Meal: Roast chook done up as “chicken in a basket” for a TV dinner with the kids (grandkids) on Sunday nights.
Bert’s Favourite Meal: Bert’s Favourite Meal: Sunday Roast and vegies.


Betty: Bakes, sews, knits, makes jams and enjoys a spot of gardening
Bert: Tinkering in the garden shed, fixing things and a good crossword.
They keep a chicken run, with a number of Isa Browns all called “Emma”, and have an alpaca called “Eric”. Eric has a sensitive tummy.