WHEN Phil Weary bounded up the steps of Flinders Street Station in Melbourne in 1949, Lois Weary immediately knew he was the man she would marry.
With Boulder-born Phil in the Army and Lois from Footscray working as a telephonist, they had only spoken on the phone but when the boy she was seeing pulled out of a hiking trip, she invited Phil along.
And the rest is history as they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last week.
Lois was 20 and Phil 23 when they married in Footscray in 1952.
Later he was transferred to WA and the couple lived at Swanbourne where Phil trained national servicemen.
Twenty five years followed on a property at Byford and the Weary’s built a home in Mandurah when Phil retired.
Their home is a gallery of photos of their family – two children, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren – while other memorabilia reveals Phil is a keen Dockers fan.
He is also an enthusiastic fisherman, fishing for whiting on Five Fathom Bank at least once a week.
His biggest haul was 12 kg dhufish and he has also come up against two white pointers which he said was a frightening experience.
And the secret of their successful marriage – love, understanding and honesty.
The couple is proud of a pile of letters of congratulation including those from the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Governor General.
They plan to celebrate with their family in Mandurah this weekend.