Lesmurdie residents celebrate sixty years together

Terry and Kathy Buchan when the were married and now 60 years later.
Lesmurdie residents celebrate sixty years together
Terry and Kathy Buchan when the were married and now 60 years later.

Terry and Kathy Buchan have reached diamond status, recently celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

The couple migrated to Perth from England in 1986, settling in Lesmurdie a few months after arrival.

Never quite ready to retire, the happy couple remain hard at work.

Dr Buchan recently published the medical textbook The Psychiatric Companion to problem-based learning Studies in Undergraduate Medicine, in use at the University of Notre Dame.

About 10 years ago, he moved into education and became an associate professor of medicine at the university.

Mrs Buchan, a qualified nurse, is a longstanding member of the Kalamunda Hospital auxiliary and works in the tuck shop every fortnight.

Over the years, Dr Buchan has worked at Royal Perth, Graylands and Fremantle hospitals.

He also spent seven years in a private practice in Midland, with his wife working as the receptionist and managing the business.

The couple are active members of the Hills community.

Dr Buchan belongs to the Lesmurdie Men’s Shed and was a member of the local Rotary club.

He also participates in challenging discussions every week in the philosophy group at the Kalamunda Learning Centre.

Their love story began when he was a medical student and she was a student nurse in Cambridge.

They married in Mrs Buchan’s hometown of Norwich on September 3 in 1955.

Dr Buchan chose to complete his mandatory, two-year national service in South Africa with his wife and two daughters at his side.

Daughter Lucy Cantaly said during that time Africa captured their hearts and they chose to stay for 21 years.

They returned to England briefly before moving to Australia.

The couple celebrated their anniversary at the Kalamunda Hotel with family and friends.

Mrs Buchan did not receive any diamonds, but Dr Buchan did give her a priceless gift.

He wrote a song, words and music for his wife about why he loves her and performed it with all the guest gathered around.

When asked what the secret is to a happy marriage, Mrs Cantaly said her parents always say:

“Well, really, it’s too soon to tell!”