Monday, 23rd March, 2015
Alex and Elsie Mitchell might have left Broken Hill nearly 60 years ago but the city is always close to their hearts.
The Scottish couple, who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, were married in Broken Hill at St Andrew’s Church by the Reverend Malcolm Gibb.
Alex, a carpenter, emigrated to Broken Hill in 1950 and was employed by the mine to build a new crushing house. He later worked with Bill Welsh Building Supplies.
Elsie, whose maiden name was Coutts, emigrated from Scotland to be with Alex in 1954 following her nursing training.
She worked briefly with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and then with the mines dental clinic.
The couple were married and moved in together in Crystal Street before welcoming their eldest son David in 1956.
Sadly, they were forced to farewell the place they’d grown to love after Alex’s father fell ill in Scotland and the family business was put on hold.
The Mitchells moved to the Scottish harbour town of Peterhead where they went on to have twin boys. They live there to this day.
Son James recalled hearing many tales of “happy days in the Hill” from his parents.
“Alex and Elsie speak very fondly of wonderful, happy times in Broken Hill and of trips to Adelaide and Melbourne,” he said.
“Alex always tells us that ‘rain’ was never on his mind while in the Hill.”
The couple have six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.