RURAL ROMANCE: Glynn and Hazel McKey celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary last Saturday and (below right) on their wedding day.
RURAL ROMANCE: Glynn and Hazel McKey celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary last Saturday and (below right) on their wedding day. Rob Williams

Hard work the key to 50 years of happy marriage

Glynn and Hazel McKey celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday (15th June). Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed
Glynn and Hazel McKey celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday (15th June). Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Contributed

HARD work never hurt anyone, they say, and in fact Glynn and Hazel McKey say it helped them in life and in their marriage.

The couple, now living in Brassall, grew up in the rural area west of Ipswich.

"There was a river between us and our property was on one side and Glynn's parents' property was on the other side," Hazel said.

"That was at Murrumba (near Esk) Glynn was one of the first young fellas to have a car. I had twin brothers and Glynn used to come over and take them to the dances and that.

"Then later in the piece me and my sister used to go too. We used to go to Glenore Grove and Marburg and all the country dances. And then, yeah, it sort of developed from there."

Hazel said it was a good life being brought up in the country and that continued after she and Glynn were married.

"We lived on Glynn's parents' farm. We had our own little place that we got moved from Brightview," she said.

Glynn's parents' farm was a 120ha mixed farm with dairy, pigs, grain, pumpkins, a bit of everything.

After the Wivenhoe flooded their farm, the young couple moved to a flat near the showgrounds for 12 months and then to Brassall. Glynn later worked at Dinmore meatworks and Swanbank power station before retiring.

Thinking back on 50 years of marriage, Hazel said the secret was: "Work together and trust one another and have a bit of a sense of humour."

Glynn said: "We worked hard together. When I was working, on days off we used to go up to farms at Lowood and Hazel could keep up with my brother and I pulling corn."

The McKeys have five children and six grandchildren and Hazel stays busy selling a multipurpose product.



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