|Lionel and Christina Carriage|
It was during this time that she caught the eye of a local sportsman, Lionel Carriage. Lionel had been living in the district with his family since he was a small child. He was a talented axeman and had competed in the wood chopping events at all the shows in the district and later competed successfully at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
This romance blossomed and on the 3 October 1936, Christina and Lionel were married and the small Methodist Church at the bottom of Wason Street Milton. (NSW BDM 19875/1936). The children were reunited and the family moved into a small wooden cottage at No. 56 Wason Street, Milton. Christina and Lionel lived in this house for the rest of their lives. The children enrolled into the local Milton School and then two years later on the 9 September Lionel and Christina's son Leo was born.
|Leo outside the Carriage home, 56 Wason Street Milton.|
|Christina and Leo watching the woodchopping at the Show|
In the summer months Christina would send the boys out to collect the blackberries that grew in abundance in the fields around the town, and then she would spend hours cooking blackberry jam and pies. As rationing was introduced during the years of WWII, the Carriage's kept large and productive garden, and Christina was always sharing her produce and eggs with neighbours and family.
The War had its toll on most families, nieces and nephews enlisted and the families watched and held their breath as news reached them of the losses of their loved ones. Christina's eldest son Malcolm finished school in the early 1940's and following in his uncle's footsteps he enrolled in the police cadents in Sydney, living with Christina's elder brother Clyde Lee. However, as the threat of Japanese invasion increased he enlisted into the airforce and after training was sent to Darwin. One can only imagine how she felt as her eldest child left home to go off to war.
Family life for Christina was about to change again, with her children growing up, leaving home,getting married and the eventual arrival of grandchildren.