Port Kennedy couple celebrate 75th wedding anniversary


The dance goes on for Ron (99) and Mavis (97) Wright, who met at ballroom dancing
classes in 1938.        Picture: Gabrielle Jeffery
The dance goes on for Ron (99) and Mavis (97) Wright, who met at ballroom dancing classes in 1938.        Picture: Gabrielle Jeffery

Mr and Mrs Wright met at ballroom dancing classes in 1938 when they were 19 and 21 respectively. They married on April 26 1941.

Seventy five years on, three children, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren later, the couple are as in love as ever.

“We don’t argue,” said Mrs Wright. “Yes, we haven’t had an argument since last week,” Mr Wright quipped.

Ron was an army man deployed in 1942 to fight in World War II.

After returning from the war, the couple built their first house and one of the first houses in the area, on Wrexham Street in Bicton in 1950.

They lived in a tent on their block for a year while the house was being built.

Their house was always busy and every Christmas all the neighbours and family would celebrate with them.

One year the couple hosted 100 guests.

In 1984, they moved to Marmion Street in East Fremantle.

They were members at East Fremantle Bowls Club for 40 years. In 1973, Mavis won the Ladies Singles.

Ron retired from his job at Shell at the age of 55 after working there for 25 years.

They have enjoyed their fair share of travel in their time, overseas as well as throughout Australia.

“We’ve done every state in Australia,” Mrs Wright says.

The couple have lived at Bethanie Waters for four years.

“We love living here,” Mrs Wright said.

“But being a couple, we have one another. Most other people here are single,” she said.

Mrs Wright spends her days knitting hats that she sends to charities overseas. Mr Wright sits by her side as he has done for 75 years.

Mr Wright said the secret to their lasting marriage was a lot of give and take and a glass of beer every night.

“With a handful of cashew nuts too,” Mrs Wright said.