Travelling through a long, happy marriage

Wanneroo couple George and June Bartley recently celebrated 65 years of marriage.
Wanneroo couple George and June Bartley recently celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Many stem from the years spent travelling around Australia in their caravan and four-wheel drive, picking up work where they could.

‘We loved meeting people and there were lots of adventures,’ June said.

‘Driving over flooded rivers and swimming in the Fitzroy River ” how we never got eaten by something, I’ll never know.’

Growing up in Victoria, June spotted factory worker George cycling past her house to work before they met at the ‘pictures’ with friends.

The couple married at Melbourne Registry Office on October 7, 1948, settling in Brunswick where children Lance and Janis were born. With George driving trucks for a living, the family also lived in Ensay in East Gippsland and Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula.

With their children grown, the couple sold up in 1971 to travel.

‘We came over to Perth, loved the weather and never left,’ June said.

‘The kids followed us over.’

Happily settled in Wanneroo since 1983, the couple have five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

Family helped them celebrate their anniversary with a meal at Hillarys.

‘Patience and tolerance have seen us through 65 years,’ June said.

‘We’ve had a great life ” holidays every year and enjoying a travelling lifestyle meeting people.’