IT was almost a case of love at first sight for Kiama's Roslyn and Trevor Jones, who celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this week.
Mrs Jones's family (the Herberts) operated a saw mill in Jamberoo and lived on Saddleback, while Mr Jones's family moved from Narrandera in the Riverina region when he was a child and settled in Jamberoo in 1932.
"We had known each other for a while and went to a deb ball at Jamberoo with different partners, and shortly afterwards went on a bus to a dance in Gerringong, had a couple of dances together and sat together on the bus on the way home," Mr Jones said.
"That was it - 60 years later and we are still married."
After a two-year courtship, the couple married at Jamberoo on December 19, 1953, and lived in the suburb for six months before moving to a farm at Silver Hill (now the Cedar Ridge Estate). They spent more than 30 years there running their dairy farm and raising daughters Bronwyn (Campbell) and Lisa (Booth).
"We used to milk around 80 to 100 cows, but after 30 years we had enough and decided to move to town," Mr Jones said.
The couple are keen members of the Kiama Bowling Club, winning many championships at both club and district level. One of the club's greens is named in Mr Jones's honour.
"One of the best things I ever did was take up bowls, "Mrs Jones said.
"We have had a great time at the club and it is a great interest for us both."
When asked about the secret to 60 years of wedded bliss, Mr Jones deferred to his wife.
"She is the one who has kept it all going," he said.
"She was a great mother to our girls, spent years looking after her parents and has always helped out with the grandkids - she is amazing.
"That, plus the fact that we get along pretty well together has made it a great 60 years."