60 years married a worthy celebration
Biggenden couple mixes love with community spirit
DEDICATED community members Ken and Evelyn Trigger, who have both previously been recognised as the town’s citizen of the year, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary today.
On January 18 the couple, who have been involved with Biggenden Meals onWheels since its 1991 inception, delivered their last meals.
Mrs Trigger said in those early days her sister Beth Maitland and sister-in-law Geraldine Kinbacher worked together on the same roster.
“I would go off to help deliver the meals with the allocated driver while they were left behind to do the washing up,” she said.
The Triggers have lived in the district all their lives.
Mrs Trigger’s early years were spent at Emu Creek, where she attended school until the age of 14, while Ken was down the road at Didcot.
They married in 1957 and moved to a Didcot property, where they lived until it was sold in 1967. The couple then moved into Biggenden.
They raised five children – Julie, Trish, Janet, Debbie and Robin – but still managed to find time to be involved in the community.
Mrs Trigger has been involved in many local committees, including the former QATB (which later became the Ambulance Committee), the Blue Nurses Auxiliary, SES since the late 1970s, Meals on Wheels since it began in Biggenden, providing assistance with both cooking and delivering, Uniting Church Guild and both Lions and Apex.
Mr Trigger is one of those quiet achievers and was recognised for his work in 1998.
He has also assisted many community services throughout his life around the district. He has always been willing to lend a hand in any crisis.
Mr Trigger was an ambulance office for many years, firstly as an honorary bearer and then as a bearer. He was a charter member of the Biggenden Lions Club and is a past member of the Biggenden Apex Club. He was in the Civil Defence before it became SES.
Both said they had enjoyed their time volunteering.
“We’ve met and made lots of new friends,” Mrs Trigger said.
A memorable moment in their lives was the day Mr Trigger turned 50 on December 22, 30 years ago.
Mrs Trigger said they lost the roof off theirWalsh St home when a storm ripped through the town.
In the destruction, the show hall opposite their house was also destroyed.
Mrs Trigger is noted for her cooking and has won many prizes at the Biggenden Show and Uniting Church Flower Show. Christmas cakes and plum puddings are her speciality.
Mr Trigger is also no slouch in the kitchen, having won prizes for his fruit cake and chocolate cake in the men’s cooking at the Biggenden Show.
The couple has 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
They would like to encourage the younger generation to take the time to volunteer. Mrs Trigger said there may not be any monetary gain but there was lots of self-satisfaction.
We’ve met and made lots of new friends. — Evelyn Trigger
THANK YOU: Certificates of appreciation were presented to Ken and Evelyn Trigger by Michelle Kinbacher and Bev Geissler for their services to Biggenden Meals on Wheels since its inception in the early 1990s.
Ken and Evelyn Trigger, of Biggenden, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary today.