My parents met when they worked for the same firm in Purfleet, Essex in post-war Britain. Their friendship developed when they both played sport for the firm’s sporting club, and subsequently started dating.
In 1952, Dad decided to immigrate to Australia, following his brother who had left England in 1949 with his young bride, to try life in “the lucky country”. Dad and Mum continued corresponding once Dad left England.
In 1953 Dad proposed to Mum by letter. I can only imagine his nervousness while he waited the six weeks for his letter to reach England and then another six weeks for Mum’s reply to reach him.
She accepted his proposal, so he sent money for her to buy herself an engagement ring. I still have the engagement ring and the receipt from the London jeweller where she bought it. She then applied to immigrate to Australia too and arrived here in March 1954. They were married in April 1955, and lived the rest of their days in Australia, having a number of trips back to England to visit family and friends.