Not many relationships stand the test of time in this day and age, but Ken and Esther Evans have proven that long-term marriages are still more than possible, having just celebrated their platinum anniversary.
Married 70 years ago in Gulgong, the couple now boast a family of more than 100 descendants, and it all sprang from their ability to make it through thick and thin together.
“It's been seventy years just this week,” Ken said on their relationship.
“You get less than that for murder.”
Luckily, it hasn’t come to that, and Ken and Esther have established one of the longest lasting relationships in the region.
When asked about how they did it, both were very candid.
“We have to be as honest as we can be with each other,” Ken said.
“Without that you just can’t work a relationship, because you just don’t know what’s going on.”
It’s certainly worked, because now the Evans boast five generations – seven children, 28 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren and already three great-great-grandchildren.
As well as the family that they have raised around them, all of whom returned to Gulgong to celebrate the seven decade milestone, Ken thinks that Esther is his most treasured memory in his life.
“Everything about it is my favourite memory,” he said.
“We’ve had a good life together, and we’ve done so much together. It’s a blessing.”
Ken’s also just glad he worked up the courage to ask Esther for a dance.
“We were both at a local dance, and I think it was love at first sight for both of us,” he said.
“I was too scared to kiss her that night though, so instead we courted for the next fifteen months before I asked her hand in marriage.”
On February 8, 1947, Ken and Esther were married at St Lukes Church of England in Gulgong, surrounded by family and friends.
The wedding reception was held at Ken’s childhood home, which has been in the family since 1926. Ken and Esther still live in that very home to this day.