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Love stories by Briolette: Evelyn and Ron

Laura Peppas

Warm, funny love stories aren’t just reserved for the movies – some of the most romantic stories have taken place right here in our own city.

In the second edition of this series brought to you by  Briolette, we meet Evelyn and Ron, who have been married 68 years after meeting in a Manuka café and are still going strong. Evelyn takes us through their story…

The meeting

My friend June and I worked at the government printing office in Sydney. When her mother died, she moved to live with her Uncle Tom in Canberra – he was the manager of what was then the Top Hat cafe in Manuka. During the Christmas holidays I was invited down to stay with them. Ron worked as an apprentice pastry cook at that cafe at the time.


Photo by Tim Bean.

One day I went through the kitchen and saw him at the sink. I liked him, but neither of us knew that we would be spending a lot of time together in the future. At the Albert Hall there was a special dance for New Years Eve, which we attended. As the midnight hour approached I stood near Ron. From there he took me home and bid me goodbye at Wilkies back gate. Soon after I returned to Sydney and Ron travelled back and forth by train to see me.

The proposal

Ron didn’t propose – I did! On the ferry approaching Mosman Wharf I asked him did he want to marry me? It must have gone down alright because Ron went down the backyard to ask my Dad. He said “I know what you want son” and pronounced on him the traditional Scottish blessing “Lang may your lumb reek,” meaning long may your chimney smoke.


Photo by Tim Bean.

The wedding

We were married on August 14, 1948 at Scots Kirk in Mosman, Sydney. My sister Gladys and I had our last bath together on the day of my wedding before dressing to go to the church. She became my Matron of Honour.

Evelyn and Rob on their wedding day.

Evelyn and Rob on their wedding day.

Uncle Harry was a crooner. At the wedding reception that night, he serenaded us with the old song “Near you.” He and Babe drove us to the hotel near the railway station. They were impressed with the friendly folk who kept tooting and waving to us – trouble was we were going the wrong way down a one way street! We have had our ups and downs, but have stuck together. I’m glad of that for the sake of ourselves and our family. Our connection to our faith and rearing of our children has helped us stay connected. Our four children went forth and multiplied; there are now 24 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.


Share your love story with us for the chance to win a ‘romance package,’ including one night’s accommodation and a ‘love notes’ package at Hotel Realm (includes overnight accommodation in a One Bedroom Suite, chocolate platter on arrival, bottle of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Mini Moet, rose petal turndown service, full buffet breakfast and more), dinner at OTIS dining hall, an ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ day spa experience for two at Canberra Day Spa worth $440 and a Briolette gift voucher worth $1000. To enter, simply send a brief paragraph about your love story – how you met your partner – to [email protected]!

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Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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