Com­mu­ni­ca­tion the vi­tal key

Matamata Chronicle - - Happy New Year - By TERESA HAT­TAN

Wally and Mau­reen Hen­der­son share a lifetime of love.

This love is stronger than ever as the pair cel­e­brate their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary this Fri­day after mar­ry­ing on De­cem­ber 19, 1964.

It’s Wally’s job to tell the story of how they met.

He says he knew Mau­reen’s cousin.

‘‘I didn’t know Mau­reen at all. I went to her cousin’s 21st and Mau­reen was there. I like to get up danc­ing and the girl I took, she wouldn’t get up. After a lit­tle while I got sick of her not get­ting up so I asked her again and she wouldn’t so I went and asked Mau­reen.

‘‘I danced with Mau­reen nearly all night,’’ Wally laughs.

In the months fol­low­ing they went to the pic­tures, dances and shows to­gether.

Mau­reen says she and Wally went to­gether for 12 months be­fore get­ting en­gaged. A year later they were mar­ried. ‘‘It’s gone quite fast,’’ she says. The pair have been busy most of their lives, Wally adds.

After they got mar­ried they both worked in town be­fore be­gin­ning a new life work­ing on farms.

Over the years the cou­ple have worked on var­i­ous prop­er­ties in­clud­ing a stint in the house Mau­reen was brought up in.

They then shifted to her grand­par­ents’ farm and re­mained there for about 32 years. Over that time they wel­comed into the world three boys, Peter, Colin and Scott.

Hard work, sports and fam­ily kept the cou­ple busy un­til 2001, when Wally de­cided he’d had enough of farm­ing.

The cou­ple moved into town, mov­ing to one of the first houses in Man­nix Pl.

They’ve now got used to life in town after so long on the farm, but it has taken a while.

Mau­reen now en­joys spend­ing time in the gar­den with her beau­ti­ful roses, play­ing golf, ten­nis and spend­ing time with their grand­chil­dren.

The pair also get on their bikes and are mem­bers of the Mata­mata Ped­dlers. ‘‘We keep pretty busy,’’ Mau­reen says.

Wally vol­un­teers with the health shut­tle and is on the Mata- mata Rac­ing Club com­mit­tee. He is also still a calf club judge, a job he’s done for 40-odd years.

Asked what they love about each other, Wally pipes up: ‘‘Go on, you can have first dig at me.’’

He’s jok­ing of course. ‘‘You’re my wife and I love ya,’’ he says qui­etly.

‘‘We just seem to get on so well to­gether,’’ Mau­reen agrees.

‘‘We have lots of fun,’’ Mau­reen car­ries on. ‘‘ I like jokes,’’ adds Wally.

‘‘I think we com­pli­ment each other,’’ Mau­reen said. ‘‘I wouldn’t like to think what it would be like with­out him.’’

‘‘ Same here,’’

says. Wally


quickly adds.

The Hen­der­son’s say the key to suc­cess in a re­la­tion­ship that spans five decades is com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

‘‘I think you have to talk to each other if you have a prob­lem, don’t stew over it. Don’t just walk out the door and give up,’’ Mau­reen says.

For some th­ese days it might be too easy to walk away, she be­lieves.

The cou­ple love hav­ing their fam­ily around and cel­e­brated their mile­stone with ev­ery­one on Satur­day.

I wouldn’t like to think what it would be like with­out him.

– Mau­reen Hen­der­son, on the love she shares with her hus­band, Wally, of 50 years


GOLDEN AN­NIVER­SARY: Mata­mata’s Wally and Mau­reen Hen­der­son cel­e­brate their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary on De­cem­ber 19.

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