They met when they were children. He worked for the Customs for 50 years; she was in the WAAF during World War Two, working for General MacArthur in his Brisbane headquarters. They married in 1946, when rations made it harder to buy silk and satin and tulle. She still made a beautiful bride. They’ve lived in their Canberra house for a long time, maybe 40 years, during which 40 years they’ve also attended the same church.
They’ve travelled the world – not only London and Chicago, but South America and the Suez Canal. They like to read the newspapers and keep abreast of what’s going on. She likes history and art. In another generation, she might have been a professor. He likes biographies and memoirs. He has an incredible memory, and a generous mind. He’s 91, and she turned 90 on Christmas Eve. They’ve been married for 66 years.
Words by Frances Thomas