David & Leila


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This is a love story that spans over the decades, 80 of them in fact! David and Leila Wiseman have known each other for 82 years! They met while attending Sunday school at the tender age of 5 years old. As the years passed and they grew older, the friendship developed. Leila was playing in a tennis tournament and asked David if he would coach her. David agreed and a week later asked the lovely Leila to the cinema and so their love story began.

David and Leila Wiseman where married on 27/12/1955 in St Peter’s Church in the market town of Stockton-on-tees Durham, England. The date was actually going to be the 24th of December, which was a Sunday but as no flowers were available, the date was quickly moved! David has had a long career in the Navy, serving 22 years in the British Navy and then 12 years in the Australian Navy. Leila also worked for the department of defence as a secretary in Western Australia at new naval base called Garden Island, which they moved to in 1978.

David and Leila Wiseman were blessed with 2 children, a daughter Helen who lives in Seattle with her 2 children and a son David, who also was in the services, joining the Australian army.

Ironically their son David was born on their original wedding date of Christmas Eve. Their son David had 3 children with his wife Val, who David snr described as “a beautiful person who they are blessed to have in their lives”, sadly, David has passed away but Val is still a treasured member of the family. David and Leila made Bribie Island their home in 2002 and have happily settled here. When meeting David, I can only say what a charming gentleman he is, who is still very much in love. We would like to wish this couple whose relationship I can only describe as “A love that defies time” a very happy 65th wedding anniversary.