Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – What Were You Doing in 1985?

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) Since this was Back to the Future week, I have a related challenge:  Do you recall what you were doing in 1985?  Family, school, work, hobbies, technology, genealogy, vacations, etc?

2)  Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

At the beginning of 1985, I was still single and living at home with my parents. I was working as an insurance clerk for National Mutual.  At the time, I was attending the local Methodist Church, as well as attending a Pentecostal church (the Crusade Centre) in Richmond.  My car at this time was a Datsun 120Y.

My first car

It was at the Pentecostal church that I had met my future sister-in-law, and I then met her brother, my future husband, when she went to live with him.

I became engaged around January 1985, and around July my fiancé and I bought a home in the outer Melbourne suburb of Ferntree Gully.

Shortly after we bought the house, I quit my job at National Mutual, and went to work as a collections clerk for Myer Credit.  One of the conditions was that I could still take the time off to go on my honeymoon.

My husband and I were married in September 1985, and we went on our honeymoon to Adelaide, and then set up home in the new house at Ferntree Gully.

(24) House at Merlin St Ferntree Gully 1985

I didn’t have a computer in 1985, although I did use computers at work.   At that time, I wasn’t interested in family history (I was only 22). I didn’t really have any hobbies, although I’ve always enjoyed reading.  At that time, I was a lot more active than now.  I used to go ice-skating on Saturdays, swimming as often as I could, and I was playing netball for a team with one of the girls from work, as well as doing various activities with the youth groups at church.