Married for 70 years

Alex and Joy Kennedy on their wedding day in 1943.
Alex and Joy Kennedy on their wedding day in 1943.

The next 40 years saw Mr and Mrs Kennedy raise three children, live in Gingin, Dongara, Toodyay, Como, Northam, and finally retire to Guilderton in the late 1970s.

Alex was born in 1916 in Beverley and joined the Police Force in 1936, while Joy was born in 1922 in Perth and was an usherette at the Plaza Theatre when they met. The couple were married on May 1, 1943 at St Brigid’s Church in West Perth.

Among the most fond memories, daughter Trish Dykstra recalls Joy (90) running after Alex (96) in Dongara.

‘In those days the Constable’s wife had to be up for anything, answering calls regarding drunks, death and disasters, cleaning the station and cooking for any visiting dignitaries and prisoners,’ she said.

‘The family would laugh at the memories of Joy running after Alex garnishing a magnificent roast dinner he was taking to a prisoner.’

In 1960 Alex and Joy were transferred to Toodyay, and closer to Perth things were a little more exciting for Alex; road blocks, stolen car chases after an armed escaped prisoner, leaping through windows to arrest an offender who had been evading police for some time, were all part of the job.

In 1976 Alex retired from Northam as a First Class Sergeant and Guilderton was their choice in retirement.

‘They loved the coast, fishing, and they soon became involved with a small group of enthusiastic golfers in developing the Guilderton golf course,’ Ms Dykstra said.

‘They fondly recall the great deal of pleasure and fun they had over the years from their involvement in the golf and bowling at the Guilderton Country Club.’

Joy and Alex received letters of congratulations for their 70 years of wedded bliss from The Queen, Governor General, Governor, and Prime Minister.