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Happy couple prepares to celebrate 65 years since wedding

WONDERFUL LIFE: Eunice and Ray Auld celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on September 17.
WONDERFUL LIFE: Eunice and Ray Auld celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on September 17. Rob Williams

APPROACHING their marvellous milestone it's clear Ray and Eunice Auld have plenty to be grateful for.

Their smiles are impish and laughs are wholehearted.

Ray and Eunice were married on September 17, 1949 at the Salvation Army in Bundamba.

Ray was born in Ipswich and lived in the same street for more than 80 years until he and Eunice moved into independent living units near Riverview Gardens aged-care facility four years ago.

Sitting at the kitchen table with Raeleen, the middle of their three daughters, it's clear their stories are the stuff of family legend.

Eunice tells that she and Ray were childhood sweethearts at Bundamba Primary School.

"Go on, tell the rest," Raeleen said teasingly, "Dad used to carry your port home from school."

Eunice said: "I'm a little bit older than he is but he got one above me. I don't know how.

"I was 10 and he was nine but he was a year ahead of me at school."

Her father was a Salvation Army officer so the family got moved about every six or 12 months.

Eunice and Ray Auld are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on September 17. Photo: Contributed
Eunice and Ray Auld are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on September 17. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Asked the secret of a long marriage, Ray laughed as he prepared to crack an obviously familiar joke.

"Go on, say it," Eunice said.

"Well we didn't agree on all things but it's give and take (he paused for effect) - I gave her the money and she took it."

Eunice lived in Mining St, Bundamba and Ray lived in nearby Wall St and after school they also met at dances.

"We parted because my dad moved around," Eunice said.

"We went to Beaudesert but then we went back to Bundamba and I picked him up again."

Eunice recalled Ray's proposal didn't go smoothly.

"I was living at Sandgate and working at the Gumnut Cake Shop, opposite town hall in Brisbane, and we went to Wallace Bishops to get the engagement ring," she said.

"He came down by train and the shop was closed.

"I went to Sandgate and he got on the train back to Bundamba."

As was the custom, Eunice quit her job when they married. Besides, Ray was earning enough as an accountant at his family's Oakleigh mine at Rosewood.

"I said to Ray: 'I'm not getting married until you get a house.' I said 'I'd sooner live in a tent'.

"So we built a house across the road.

"We paid 50 pounds for our block of land."

Ray joked: "The dog was always back at the other place.

"How do you tell the dog you've moved across the road?"

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