WANNEROO pioneers Andy (79) and Johanna (81) Heerkens celebrate their 60th anniversary today.
The couple, who received pioneer status last year, met in Amsterdam in the early 1950s at a ballroom dance school.
Mr Heerkens said they married on November 25, 1954, and moved to Australia in 1959, living initially in Katanning and Broomehill.
‘We came here in ’63 ” we lived in the Buckingham House for nine months with three small children until they built a house at the depot,’ he said.
Mr Heerkens worked as a mechanic for the then-Shire of Wanneroo for 10 years, and Mrs Heerkens and their five children all worked for the City at some stage as well.
After that they lived across the road from the depot for 20 years, then moved to Quinns Rocks and Burns Beach before shifting again to Pearsall about seven years ago.
Over the years he has been an ambulance driver, member of the fire brigade and worked as a telephone technician for 26 years.
He was a Lions member for 29 years and is still a volunteer driver for the City of Wanneroo’s community bus, taking people to the shops twice a week.