70 years married!


Kevin was born in 1929 in a little Queensland town in the bush; Pickandjinnie, near Roma, and Esther was born in Brisbane in 1928. The couple met at the iconic Cloudland on the majestic ballroom floor in February 1950, and they married a few months later. Last November they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary!

The couple eventually had six children, who were all brought up in Inala, and whom they are very proud of. They have three sons and three daughters, who live in various parts of the country. Fun fact – one of their daughters, who now lives in Sydney, was the first person to introduce Pilates into Australia! They regularly see the children who are located in Brisbane and they often drop by to help out around the house.

Ken and Esther moved to Caloundra for work where Esther become President of the Caloundra Bowls Club.

The couple then returned to Brisbane to fully retire approximately 8 years ago. After retirement, they both enjoyed playing outdoor lawn bowls and tennis. When they joined as Burnie Brae Members in 2014, Kevin and Esther went on a number of day tours and theatre trips, and Kevin participated in indoor bowls each week.

Now that Kevin is turning 93, and Esther turning 94, their main activities include attending Club Respite, and reading at home. Kevin also spends time tending to his beautiful garden.

The couple utilise our cleaning and transport services through their Home Care Package, helping them to continue living at home. They both commented that they would be lost without the transport service as they don’t own a car.

Kevin said if they do move into retirement living in the future, the one requirement is that it is situated within the Burnie Brae catchment/radius, so they can keep attending the centre.


Thank you both for sharing your wonderful story!