The secret to sixty years of wedded bliss
SIXTY years, five children and several relocations later and Mack and Gilruth Rees are as happy now as the day they wed in 1959.
The couple celebrated their diamond anniversary recently and say their secret to success is little more than having common interests.
"We met in North Queensland, where we were both working for CSR in the sugar industry," Mrs Rees said. The pair wed at St James Cathedral in Townsville on July 4, 1959.
"We had five children in 10 years - three daughters and two sons - no pill and no TV.
"The secret to us staying together is having interests in common. These include classic cars and the land - what grows on it and what lives on it."
The couple were joined by children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren for their 60th anniversary celebrations.
"Only family from Central Queensland, Melbourne and two grandchildren in the UK were missing for it," Mrs Rees said.
"An important part of the celebrations was a re-enactment of the 'cutting of the cake' with the original silver vase which held orchids on the day on top of the cake."
Mr and Mrs Rees have retired in Stanthorpe after life in NSW, North Queensland and 25 years at their Kalimna South property at Rivertree.
"We now enjoy many friendships through clubs in Stanthorpe," Mrs Rees said.
"We'd like to leave the world a better place for us being here."