After 65 years of marriage, Wauchope couple Stan and Dorothy Galbraith could not be happier

BEST FRIENDS: Still going strong and more in love than ever. Photo: Laura Telford
BEST FRIENDS: Still going strong and more in love than ever. Photo: Laura Telford

Stan and Dorothy Galbraith say the key to a long happy marriage is trust and a sense of humour. 

Celebrating 65 years of marriage on September 27, the happy couple are still best friends.

“Love, trust, respect and being best friends is the key to a good marriage,” Mrs Galbraith said.

Stan was born in Wauchope with Dorothy moving to town in her childhood, the pair were married in the Anglican chapel in town, where Dorothy still attends church there every Wednesday.

Mr Galbraith said that though he had seen Dorothy around town on her horse, the first time they officially met was at her 17th birthday party and he hasn’t looked back since.

“After I met her, that was it... three years later we were married,” Mr Galbraith said.

“And in those days you got married for life, death do us part, so 65 years later we are still going strong,” he said.

Presiding over a family which now includes five daughters, 13 grand children, 8 great grand children and two ‘on the way’, the happy couple say the are proud of all they have achieved.

“We are so very blessed to have the family we do,” Mrs Galbraith said.

WEDDING DAY: Stan and Dorothy on their Wedding Day. Photo: Contributed

WEDDING DAY: Stan and Dorothy on their Wedding Day. Photo: Contributed

Apart from their gorgeous children Mr Galbraith said some of the highlights of married life have been the memories created while travelling extensively around Australia.

“We have done a lot of travel in Australia; we have visited every state and territory which was good,” Mr Galbraith said.

“But some of our favourite memories were our Christmas holidays to Bonny Hills when the children were growing up,” he said.

A lot has changed in Wauchope since their wedding, with both Frank and Dorothy recounting stories from the past.

“I used to ride into town on my horse and tie her up at a big tree right where the Commonweath Bank now stands or else next to tree where the IGA carpark is these days,” Mrs Galbraith said.

The couple say that since retirement they are as busy as ever with a range of hobbies to keep each other occupied.

Love, trust, respect and being best friends is the key to a good marriage

Dorothy Galbraith

“We both have cars so we can both do things at the same time, but sometime she comes and checks up on me,” laughed Mr Galbraith said.

“We both do bowls, separately and together, and love to play board games, read and complete puzzles.

 “I also volunteer and I love gardening,” Mrs Galbraith said.

The couple are planning a big celebration in October for the extended family with more than 40 relatives expected to take part in celebrating this milestone achievement.