Joan and David were born in England and migrated to Perth, Australia in 1967. Joan trained in secretarial work and worked in hospital administration in the UK. After David retired in 1983, they moved to Margaret River and joined Arts Margaret River a couple of years later. David was involved with the local theatre group and did all their lighting work on a voluntary basis for a number of years and Joan became a Silver Chain volunteer which she has done for many years. After nearly twenty years of association with Arts Margaret River, and on their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2004, Joan and David were presented with Life Membership. David passed away in 2007 and Joan continued to attend Arts Margaret River events whenever possible, often purchasing the first ticket and sitting in the front row at the Cultural Centre. Joan passed away in September 2021.

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