Queen con­grat­u­lates cou­ple on 60 years

South Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Kate McCor­mack kate.mccor­mack @south­bur­nett­

LONG-TIME South Bur­nett res­i­dents Brian and El­iz­a­beth Cham­bers cel­e­brated their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary yes­ter­day.

The cou­ple mar­ried in Eng­land be­fore trav­el­ling to Aus­tralia un­der the as­sisted pas­sage scheme in the mid-1960s with their four chil­dren, San­dra, Keith, Alec and 18-month-old Lena.

After ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia the fam­ily ex­panded by two more chil­dren, He­len and Kevin.

Mrs Cham­bers said it was a short but sweet courtship for the two, who met in Southamp­ton in their mid-20s.

“We only had six months to­gether be­fore we got mar­ried. I was work­ing as a drap­ery shop as­sis­tant with Brian’s sis­ter, who in­tro­duced us. It wasn’t ex­actly love at first sight but it didn’t take long for us to warm to each other,” Mrs Cham­bers said.

After mar­ry­ing, Mr Cham­bers joined the Royal Navy to pro­vide a bet­ter life­style for his fam­ily.

Brian spent the first five years of their mar­riage as a boil­er­man in the Royal Navy, sail­ing around the world on the Queen Mary and RMS Queen El­iz­a­beth.

The fam­ily were given only nine days to pre­pare for their de­par­ture to Aus­tralia, which was no small feat for the young cou­ple, who would never see their fam­ily again.

After work­ing in var­i­ous places through­out Aus­tralia, the Cham­bers set­tled in the South Bur­nett 38 years ago.

“When we first ar­rived in Aus­tralia we lived in New South Wales, but the chil­dren weren’t happy so we packed up the car and drove to Queens­land,” Mrs Cham­bers said.

“We didn’t know where we were go­ing but we ended up in the South Bur­nett. This is the longest time we’ve lived any­where.”

The cou­ple, now in their mid-80s, re­side to­gether in Mur­gon’s Cas­tra Re­tire­ment Vil­lage.

Novem­ber 8 marked 60 years of mar­riage but the cou­ple said it felt like any other an­niver­sary.

“We weren’t ex­pect­ing to re­ceive this much at­ten­tion,” Mrs Cham­bers said, adding she was sur­prised to re­ceive a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter from the Queen.

“I’m not sure what we will do with her let­ter yet, we might put it in an al­bum with some of our other

spe­cial let­ters and pho­to­graphs.

“After 60 years to­gether you col­lect a lot of me­mories to­gether.”


HAPPY DAY: Brian and El­iz­a­beth Cham­bers cel­e­brated 60 years of mar­riage on Novem­ber 8.

El­iz­a­beth and Brian Cham­bers met in Southamp­ton, Eng­land, in their mid-20s and have lived in the South Bur­nett for 38 years.

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