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Love is in the air: A classic Weipa proposal

Published on 14th December 2016

After he dressed up as a knight in shining armour just to start the relationship, it was no surprise that Hardus Van Wyk went to great lengths to ask the love of his life to marry him.

So what did he do? Erected a big sign on the Weipa water tower, of course.

On Sunday, Megan Hall said “of course” when Hardus got down on one knee near Western Cape College and asked her to marry him.

It was an elaborate plan that not only took great effort, but almost didn’t work.

Megan, known best as Sergeant Hall in Weipa, was fast asleep at 4am when Hardus snuck out to erect the sign.

“He got me up at 6.30am and said ‘Megan, it’s a beautiful morning, let’s go take the boys (dogs) for a walk’. So we did, but the water tower is slightly out of the way from where we live in Rocky Point,” she said. 

“To get me to go that way, he said we should go and get an ice cream.

“I said that it wasn’t even 7 o’clock in the morning and then he joked to me that he didn’t think I was someone who always followed the rules.

“So we made a turn for the servo and as soon as we did I saw the huge sign.”

Megan said she knew it was for her immediately.

When Hardus got down on one knee, with a sparkling diamond ring presented in a beautiful hand-crafted wooden box, her response was “of course”.

It’s a brilliant Weipa love story and is destined for a happy ending. Megan and Hardus met in Weipa in 2015 and started dating officially in March.

Hardus, an electrician who was born in South Africa, has worked on and off in Weipa for the past 12 years.

Megan has spent the last two and a half years in Weipa, having taking a posting here with Queensland Police.

No wedding date has been set, but don’t expect it to be a long engagement.

Word is the pair plan on getting married in the first half of 2017.

“He’s the grandest male soul I’ve ever encountered,” Megan said.