Couple marks 65 years of wedded bliss and a lifetime built in City of Gosnells area


Joan and Harold Hardman at their home in Gosnells.
Joan and Harold Hardman at their home in Gosnells.

HAROLD and Joan Hardman have lived their entre lives in the City of Gosnells.

They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, and admitted they “never considered moving”.

The couple were born, raised and married in the Gosnells area, with Harold even working in the region towards the end of his career.

In a nice twist, he was a truck driver for Blossom Nursery, on the very site he now calls home in Gosnells.

Harold, who lived in Maddington his entire life up until the couple’s recent move, said the pair never left before they were too content.

“We were comfortable, we were happy, our family was nearby and we built a house there in Maddington, it developed over the 50 odd years and became quite comfortable,” he said.

Joan said they never thought about leaving.

“We had a big block of land, we had chooks and fruit trees, garden, pot plants galore, it was marvellous,” she said.

“It was nothing fancy but we were happy, we were comfortable, why move?”

Joan, who grew up in Orange Grove before moving to Maddington, said the close-knit community made their time enjoyable.

“I played in the local choir at church, music has been a big part of my life and I was with them for 20 or 30 years.”

Ahead of their 65th year of marriage, Joan said the secret to a happy marriage was treating your partner right.

“People have asked me, ‘what is the secret of a long marriage?’; just treat your partner like you’d want to be treated and you can’t go wrong,” she said.

Even in their advancing years, Joan said they were happy with their lives.

“We’re very fortunate, we’ve got a marvellous family, two children, seven grand children and about ten grand-children, so we’re rich in what matters.”

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