Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How did your parents meet?

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  This week’s mission was

1) Do you know how, when and where your parents met?

2)  Please tell the family story in your own blog post, in a comment to this blogp ost, or in your own Facebook or Google+ post.

Dad had grown up in the family home at 63 Brown Street, Heidelberg.  The following is an extract from a letter dad sent me, telling how he met his first wife, Joyce.

 It was at a house party connected with the Keswick Convention, which was then at Upwey, on the sight now occupied by the High School, that I met Joyce who was 2 years older than I.  I had seen her once before.  She was one of the giggling girls my brother Keith brought home one day.  I quickly shot out of the room!

We were married during one of my very few leaves when I was in the Army.

Dad and Joyce were married in 1944. They had two children, and Joyce was pregnant with her third child, when she went in to hospital to have her teeth removed.  She died under the anaesthetic.  This was in 1948.  At the time, dad and Joyce had been living in the family home in Heidelberg, while his parents were running a grocery business in South Melbourne, and after Joyce’s death, his mother returned to Heidelberg to help him raise his two children, and shortly after, his father sold the business in South Melbourne and returned to Heidelberg as well.

At Easter 1952, dad was attending the Belgrave Heights Keswick Convention, and this was where he met mum.  Mum had grown up at 58 Lothian Street North Melbourne, where the family ran a dressmaking business.

Mum and dad married on 20 December 1952 at Brougham Street Methodist Church in North Melbourne.

Mum and dad's wedding
Mum and dad’s wedding

After their marriage, mum and dad lived at 5 Power Street in Balwyn for a few years, and around 1959 moved to 9 Beaufort Street Mitcham, where they lived until dad retired.  They moved to Wonthaggi in 1988, and mum died 2 years later on 9 April 1990.