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65 years married

Thursday, 8th February, 2018

Evelyn and Graham Keirle celebrate their happy union. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Evelyn and Graham Keirle celebrate their happy union. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

Evelyn and Graham Keirle celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary yesterday with a surprise afternoon tea.

The couple were married on February 7, 1953. They met in the army in England and came to Australia in March 1952, according to Graham.

“We came to Broken Hill at the end of 1952 on the (Silver City) Comet for a quick look around,” Graham said.

Graham worked on the border fence and Evelyn worked at a children’s hospital, then a hospital in Smithville.

He then started a job with Ansett Broken Hill.

Evelyn worked for Aruma Lodge where she stayed until she was 60 years old.

The couple had two children David and Liz, they have eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

“We went overseas quite a few times, because I worked on the airlines I got concession,” Graham said.

“So we would go every three years.”

Graham said the secret to a long-lasting marriage was to keep busy.

“I was never home I was always working.”

Liz said her dad was busy at work, but her mum also kept busy.

“Dad would work broken shifts, but Mum had her hobbies.

“She did patchwork, ceramics, knitting, woodwork - you name it and she’s done it.”

Evelyn is now living at St Anne’s Nursing Home. 

Graham, the children and family members headed out there to spend a nice afternoon enjoying some cakes.

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