Kevin and Hazel Waugh are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, September 30.
The couple are now 91 years of age and reside at Bupa Berry.
Due to COVID restrictions, their family will be outside their room at Bupa with balloons and flowers to wish them an incredibly happy 70th Wedding Anniversary.
The pair revealed their secret to a close and loving relationship.
"You have to give as well as take and respect each other's differences."
Hazel and Kevin say their proudest and happiest moments were when their daughters were born.
They now have a large family. It includes six grandchildren and five step-grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild who was born on Kevin's birthday, all live close by and enjoy family get togethers with their Nan and Pop.
Two of those grand-grandchildren were just born in September.
How they met
In 1948, a young 19-year-old Hazel Hobbs traveled to Sydney from Canberra with her cousin Irene to watch Annie Get Your Gun at the theatre.
On that train trip she meet a young man in an air force uniform, Kevin Waugh. Sparks flew and they exchanged phone numbers.
For months the two kept in touch through long phone conversations. Then, Hazel moved with her family to Queensland and Kevin thought she was lost forever.
Thankfully, correspondence by mail kept the romance alive. Hazel moved back to Canberra with her family, where they married.
Life after marriage
When Kevin left the air force as a flight mechanic, the two moved to Sydney.
After their daughter Julie was born in 1951, the family moved to Moruya for a year to help a relative look after a dairy farm. Hazel and Kevin then settled in Canberra where their second daughter Kim was born in 1957.
Their families were then both in Canberra and continued to be the cornerstone of Kevin and Hazel's lives.
Kevin worked at a variety of jobs over the years until he settled into a retail management career with the Burns, Philp & Co. This took him to several towns as manager of the Burns, Philp owned stores.
They settled in Nowra in 1975 when Kevin became manager of Mates. During his time he saw the store renamed to Emmotts in 1976 and JB Young's in 1979.
With the change in ownership of the retail store, and after many years with the company, Kevin then joined MLC Insurance where he spent the last 15 years of his working life.
With Hazel by his side the two have met many friends and enjoyed amazing experiences along the way. They have journeyed together throughout Australian country towns, gone cruising and made the most of Nowra.
Kevin spent years playing bowls with the Nowra Bowling Club (from 1973-2000) and is one of the highlights in his life, winning many Pennants and Zone Games. He missed it terribly when he could no longer play.
We wish Kevin and Hazel a wonderful 70th wedding anniversary with their family.