‘Yes’ to a long marriage

Ken and Anne Aberdeen               recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.               Picture: Emma Goodwin         www.communitypix.com.au           d435929
Ken and Anne Aberdeen recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.               Picture: Emma Goodwin        www.communitypix.com.au        d435929

Working as a mothercraft nurse in Victoria, she was encouraged to write to her employer�s brother Ken Aberdeen � a farmer in WA.

After 10 months of corresponding, Mr Aberdeen went to Melbourne where he said he �took a look around the arrival lounge, went up to a pretty girl and said �You must be Anne�.�

Two weeks after meeting, they were engaged on Christmas Day and by April, Mrs Aberdeen had moved to WA where the couple married in St Margaret�s Anglican Church in Nedlands.

They first farmed near Toolibin for about five years after getting married where their first son Nicholas was born.

They then moved to Pingelly to work on another farm before buying a property in the Shire of Wandering where their second son Alastair was born.

Over the next 20 years while their sons attended Scotch College boarding school, the couple bought, cleared and developed a number of neighbouring properties to build a bigger farm.

Mr Aberdeen also took part in stud breeding and showing British Breeds sheep, which took the couple to New Zealand where he became the British Breeds Society president.

Once their sons returned home, the family bought and cleared a new farm at Munglinup before Mr Aberdeen retired in 1985.

Later, they moved to Ardross where Mr Aberdeen became an active member of the local bowling and probus clubs and a number of volunteer groups. Nine years later, they moved to Mindarie where they still live and both enjoy swimming and walking in the area.

The couple now have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Last month, they marked their 60th anniversary with a celebration with family, many making the trip from the east coast.

Mrs Aberdeen said her secret to a long marriage was compatibility while Mr Aberdeen joked it was knowing how to say �yes�.