17 September 1983

29 Peveral Street, Christchurch - the student flat where we met.

29 Peveral Street, Christchurch – the student flat where we met.

30 years ago today Matthew and I got married.  Three years before that (in November 1980) I moved into a student flat at 29 Peveral street, Riccarton.  It was a house inhabited by engineering students.  They allowed a fine arts student in because they were desperate to rent a room out over summer.  One of the students was Matthew.  All the other students took off home to various parts of New Zealand for the summer holidays just after I arrived.  That left just me and Matthew.  Talk about being thrown together!  He was impressed that I was a fine arts student and that I had a good David Bowie record collection.  I was impressed that he looked like Mick Jagger!

He looked like Mick Jagger (and here is the proof)!

He looked like Mick Jagger (and here is the proof)!

A couple of the flatmates moved away early the next year (1981) so Shane the Surfie Hippy moved in and Mark the bachelor of arts student.  My father thought Shane looked “just like a Polish bandit”.  (He did.)

Peveral Street flatmates; Rachel, Grant and Shane on the left side.  Mark on the right.

Peveral Street flatmates; Rachel, Grant and Shane on the left side. Mark on the right.

Matthew and me at a family wedding (where he was Best Man).

Matthew and me at a family wedding (where he was Best Man) in early 1981.

It was always Matthew’s plan to move to Australia once he finished his degree.  One day in the middle of 1981 I awoke to the fact that I didn’t want to be left behind in Christchurch.  Even while he was still a student, we opened a joint bank account – to the horror of the BNZ Bank Manager who tried to persuade Matthew against it…in front of me!  He said our incomes (presuming we stayed together) would always be vastly unequal.  OK, so he was right.   However we were determined we knew what we were doing.   We arrived in Sydney on 30th March 1982  with a suitcase each and a lot of optimism.  A year and a half later, on 17th September 1983 we got married.

The ceremony was taking place.  Matt looks relaxed (as always) while I look nervous.  (Note the Princess Diana style of dress).

The ceremony was taking place. Matt looks relaxed (as always) while I look nervous. (Note the Princess Diana style of dress).

Formality over - now we can have fun.  Cutting the cake (made by Matt's mother and brought from New Zealand to Australia by his sisters).

Formality over – now we can have fun. Cutting the cake (made by Matt’s mother and brought from New Zealand to Australia by his sisters).

Matt and I got married IN our rented Sydney apartment.  It was a spacious apartment with a huge view of Coogee Beach.  It seemed like a fine place to have a ceremony.  There were around 20 guests including three of Matt’s siblings but no parents.  The whole event including my wedding dress cost $500.00 ($250 for the dress and $250 for the rest).  We took our flatmates and several other guests to the Blue Mountains for our honeymoon.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  Goodness we were casual.  We hadn’t even booked a place to go to dinner that night.  We ended up at a golf club for dinner – which was pretty awful as I recall.

Young married life in Sydney.

Young married life in Sydney.

Where did the time go?  It went into bringing up three daughters; Emily, Alicia and Lucy as well as pursuing our various careers and having adventures.

Matthew, Julie, Emily, Alicia and Lucy in 1994.

Matthew, Julie, Emily, Alicia and Lucy in 1994.

Three weeks ago in New York.

Three weeks ago in New York.

Here’s to THIRTY YEARS of marriage!!!  Well, we do drive one another crazy now and then.  But most of the time – it’s pretty good!

Return to Contents of Posts page

About juliepodstolski

I am a realist artist who works in coloured pencils.
Image | This entry was posted in personal history and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to 17 September 1983

  1. Anna says:

    Cool!

    And congratulations! X

    Anna

  2. Jody Clarke says:

    Matthew may well look like Mick Jagger, but you are the ‘spitting image’ of Lady Di!! Happy wedding anniversary to Mick and Di.

  3. Magda says:

    Love, LOVE this write up!
    Everything is perfect about it!!
    Thank you for sharing photos!!
    xxo

  4. Well, here is another coincidence – that is exactly how Neil and I met! Great photos, a little taste of the 80s, Princess Di all over, and I love the Mick pic! Happy anniversary x.

    • Anna, I wonder what the statistics are of people who meet in student flats – and then have long relationships? Romance within student flats is supposed to be a no-no. It was fraught at times I have to admit.

      • The potential for disaster has to be high! Our landlord (who lived in the house with his Amazonian parrot – another story there) was furious when he found out, and demanded that one of move out, so we got engaged!

  5. Anne Mccaughey says:

    Many many congratulations!…and what a lovely romantic story tooxxAnne

  6. Jeannie Beauchamp says:

    Well Julie, I think you ended up with a much better deal than Mick Jagger would’ve been. Happy 30th anniversary to you and Matt!

  7. Karen says:

    Happy Anniversary, Julie and Matt! What a beautiful tribute this post was, and a window into your worlds, thanks for sharing, I loved reading it.

    • Hi Karen, I’m very glad you enjoyed it. I had fun putting it together – pulling very old faded photographs out of albums, scanning them and fixing them on computer all without Matt seeing. He was at the next desk but he wasn’t taking any notice of my industrious activity.

  8. Judy Waterman says:

    Hi Julie Thank you so much for sharing those stories and photos of your 30 years together. Gosh Mick Jagger to Homer Simpson (your words to me last year) and Lady Di to Famous artist? Matt didn’t tell me today when I spoke with him – I hope that you have planned a similar exravagant celebration that you had 30 years ago. Trust Matt chooses something more salubrious than the golf club? Hope to catch up soon – lots of love and thoughts to you. Judy and Tony

    Judy Waterman tony.jude@westnet.com.au 08 9756 7573

    • Hi Judy, actually no celebrations whatsoever. Matt has gone to choir practice and I’m at home with the cat. But I’m not complaining. I’m having fun with my pencils while Matt has fun singing. “Mick Jagger to Homer Simpson.” – oh the things I say!!!

  9. Quite an achievement Julie, Well Done! Susan

    Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 23:40:22 +0000 To: suzhill66@hotmail.com

  10. Ann Kullberg says:

    You write so well….just really love your posts, Julie!!

  11. AGAIN loved the post Julie!!! What a catch!! Sooo enjoy what you write. Happy 30 years!! xx

  12. Happy Anniversary Julie, thanks for sharing with us all. Great to see your pictures and hear your story. Hope the next 30 bring you as much joy. Karen

  13. Robyn Varpins says:

    wow, you look like Emily on your wedding day, such a cutie…youth looks so sweet and innocent….

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s