Sheldon couple Peter and Rhonda Maguire married 50 years ago today

A Redlands couple who have owned and operated multiple businesses in the area credit teamwork and loyalty as they notch 50 years of married life.

Peter and Rhonda Maguire were married at Albert Street Uniting Church on December 6, 1969, after a two-year engagement.

Peter asked Rhonda out several times when they met while working at the ETA peanut butter factory, East Brisbane. He was 17 and she was 15.

Half a century of love: Peter and Rhonda Maguire.

Half a century of love: Peter and Rhonda Maguire.

"He had to check with my parents as I was so young," Rhonda said.

The couple bought a milk run which serviced Wellington Point and Birkdale, before they delivered white goods for Errol Stewart.

"Our next venture was to open a reconditioned white goods service which we ran successfully for 33 years," Mrs Maguire said.

The Maguires still work together six days a week at their Capalaba alterations business.

"We have worked together all our married life and are still really happy and feel privileged to have a close family network," Rhonda said.

The couple has three children: Vanessa, born in 1973, Benjamin (1976) and Garth (1979).

Just married: Rhonda and Peter Maguire on their wedding day in 1969.

Just married: Rhonda and Peter Maguire on their wedding day in 1969.

Grand-daughter Charlotte is 16 and Thomas is 13,

"We are a close family and have always been involved with whatever our children chose to do," Rhonda said.

"We have been involved in Girl Guides, BMX, swimming club and helping out at Coolnwynpin State School, both in the classroom and with school fetes."

Rhonda remembers icing and delivering her wedding cake, and travelling to the ceremony in a black limousine.

"I remember how nervous I was on that trip into the city with my dad," she said.

Reverend Sam Monro, who christened Rhonda, came out of retirement to officiate.

"We had recordings made of the ceremony and reception to send to our relatives in England as they couldn't attend," Rhonda said.

The family have organised for the couple to celebrate their milestone at Tower Mill Hotel in Brisbane.

"Where we stayed on our wedding night," Rhonda said.

"We will meet up with them no Sunday and enjoy lunch at Eagle Street."

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