Through thick and thin

Mal and Elspeth Ferguson at the church where they were married.
Through thick and thin
Mal and Elspeth Ferguson at the church where they were married.

HEATHRIDGE couple Mal and Elspeth Ferguson visited the church where they were married to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.

To commemorate their December 16 anniversary, they took photos at St Andrew’s Church in Perth before heading to the refurbished old Treasury buildings for lunch with family.

“It was absolutely beautiful,” Mrs Ferguson said.

The couple spent much of their early married life in Mukinbudin, where Mr Ferguson ran various businesses and his wife drove the school bus for 35 years.

After returning to Perth, he established one of the city’s first furniture hire businesses and she started a 25-year service volunteering at Princess Margaret Hospital.

They remain busy, as Mr Ferguson helps with his son’s bore drilling business and Mrs Ferguson runs a local craft group, and have four children, 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs Ferguson said there was no secret to a long and successful marriage but communication was important.

“We’ve had blazing rows in the past and spits and spars a bit but it all works out in the end,” she said.

“Whatever comes that’s not good, deal with it, like you deal with the good.”

Despite trying to downplay the occasion, they received a card from Queen Elizabeth and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, a letter from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Moore MP Ian Goodenough and a visit and gift from Joondalup MLA Jan Norberger.

She said the couple had been “very blessed”.