Just for our Junes

NOW in its fourth year, a group of local women got together on Saturday to celebrate being named June.

There were eight Junes in total for the fourth annual Happy June Day, once again held on June 1 at a cafe in Busselton.

Local artist June Anderson began the tradition in 2010 when she and two other Junes got together to share a cup of coffee.

The following year there were seven Junes, eight Junes last year, and eight again this year.

Every year on June 1 the women get together for a cuppa and to see what other things they have in common.

This year there were two June-born Junes, both of them born on June 28, and one June born just three minutes before June 1.

One June has four children born in June, four of the Junes had mothers called May, and two have sisters called Barbara.  One June celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and another celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary.

All but one of the Junes this year were grandmothers, and three were great grandmothers.

According to tradition, the group decided on a collective noun for the group.

“Last year we said if we got to be 12 Junes we didn’t want to be called a jury because we don’t want to be judgmental,” June Anderson said.

“But, we do want to be ‘just’.”

These ‘Just Junes’ were put to the test when asked what they would do if they found a pot of gold, with most opting to give the money away or give it to charity, but one market-savvy June saying she would bury it until the gold price was better!

All of the Junes have made it this year’s mission to see more newborn girls named June.

“In Latin it means ‘ever young’, which is a lovely name for a baby girl,” June Anderson said.

The Junes plan to meet again next year for this steadily-growing local tradition.

The Just Junes:  Back row, June Newbey, June Fletcher, June Woolley, June Jamieson and June Edwards.  Front row, June Walter, June Smith and June Anderson.

The Just Junes: Back row, June Newbey, June Fletcher, June Woolley, June Jamieson and June Edwards. Front row, June Walter, June Smith and June Anderson.

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