Glen Innes' Jim and Edna Gallagher celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary

Reaching a milestone some could only dream of, Jim and Edna Gallagher have recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Sticking together through the good and bad times, and finding the strength together, Mr and Mrs Gallagher have defied the odds and stayed happily married for seven decades.

Looking back on their life together Mr and Mrs Gallagher are pretty happy with the way their lives have turned out.

"We have lived a wonderful life, even through the ups and downs," Mrs Gallagher said.

"It love at first sight for me," Mr Gallagher added.

Married on November 9, 1950 Mr and Mrs Gallagher can't believe how the time has flown by.

Mr Gallagher now lives in a nursing home in Guyra, however he was able to come to Glen Innes to share a special day with his wife and family to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.

"It is hard to be apart from each other," Mr Gallagher said.

To celebrate the special occasion Mr and Mrs Gallagher spent the day at their family home surrounded by their loving family.


Mr Gallagher was originally from Brisbane, however Mrs Gallagher was only born a short distance from Glen Innes in Emmaville.

Shortly after marring in a small church in her hometown of Emmaville in 1950 they moved and began to build their lives in Glen Innes and started raising a family.

After the birth of their five children, their family has only continued to grow, giving them more to love.

They now have 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

"Family is very important to us," Mrs Gallagher said.

When asked how it feels to have reached a milestone of 70 years being married the couple was at a loss for words.

Their daughter Cheryl said that her parents' marriage has created a special bond for their family.

"It is amazing, not many marriages last the distance, my parents marriage has brought our family closer together," she said.

Providing future couples with their words of wisdom, Mr and Mrs Gallagher have some advice to share.

"Never give up on each other," Mrs Gallagher said.

"There were days we struggled to like each other but we never stopped loving each other."