Kyabram's Rex and Topsy Motton celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last week.January 15, 2014 4:16am
The hot weather brought back some wedding day memories for Kyabram’s Rex and Topsy Motton on their 60th wedding anniversary last week.
The couple, originally from Poowong in South Gippsland, were married at Poowong Methodist Church on January 9, 1954.
‘‘It was a stinking hot day, close to 40 degrees, and the little wooden church was packed with people. I remember standing there dripping at the altar,’’ Rex said.
‘‘I wore a magnolia satin dress and had two bridesmaids. Our reception was held at Poowong Football Club and one of the local ladies groups did the catering,’’ Topsy said.
They knew each other from a young age as their families owned farms beside each other.
‘‘We used to walk to school together, but had no idea we would eventually get married,’’ Rex said.
Topsy went to boarding school from the age of 12, but the pair would always see each other when she came home during school holidays.
Both enjoyed going to dances and to the cinema and they went on their first date when Topsy was about 15.
‘‘She was a stunner,’’ Rex said.
‘‘And he was quite a popular young man,’’ Topsy replied.
After getting married, they moved to Girgarre and then to Taripta, near the intersection of Goddard Rd and Sinclair Rd outside Kyabram, where they had a dairy farm and won a Royal Agricultural Society Award in 1962 for the most improved farm.
Rex and Topsy were members of the Taripta Progress Association and part of a project team tasked with naming several local roads, which involved a lot of research on former councillors and early settlers.
They bought Moira Station in 1971 and moved back to Gippsland before returning to live in Kyabram three years ago.
Their four children — Lesley, Greg, Neil and Helen — were all born in Kyabram, two at the old hospital that the Kyabram Club occupies, and two at the new hospital.
They also have nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and another on the way.
Music, particularly singing and playing piano, has always played a major role in Topsy’s life and she has produced five shows and been a member of several choirs as well as being the first president of Echuca Music Club when it re-formed.
Both have enjoyed travelling over the years and like to spend time gardening.
And their advice for a long and happy marriage?
‘‘Forgiveness and don’t bear grudges,’’ Rex said.
‘‘Give and take, and remember it’s good to pray,’’ Topsy said.
Rex and Topsy had lunch with a number of close relatives on Saturday to celebrate what they believe is the first 60th wedding anniversary in either of their families.
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