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Friends travel country looking for bush romance stories

Hearts of Australia girls (L-R) Journalist Andrea Crothers and photographer Edwina Robertson. Photo: Contributed
Hearts of Australia girls (L-R) Journalist Andrea Crothers and photographer Edwina Robertson. Photo: Contributed Contributed

NOT many people would swim across a river to go on a date. But Eion Anderson knew there was something special about Anne.

He was right. Fifty-six years later the Middlemount couple are still together, in love and telling their story to two women who are travelling around Australia piecing together the country's best bush love stories.

Journalist Andrea Crothers and photographer Edwina Robertson are spending the next few months on a road trip capturing love stories they will compile into a coffee table book, Hearts of Australia.

The friends decided to quit their jobs and head out west.

Their first mission to find the bush love stories led them to Central Queensland earlier this month, meeting couples in Middlemount and Alpha.

Andrea said they decided to kick off their adventure with the region because she's from Queensland and loves the area.

The pair comes by unique love stories through their Facebook page "Hearts of Australia" where people have nominated friends and their love stories.

Andrea said they spoke to three couples in CQ, including a young British woman who was working in a rural town, found love, and never returned overseas.

STRONG LOVE: Middlemount couple Eion and Anne Anderson share their love story for the book Hearts of Australia. INSET: Journalist Andrea Crothers (left) and photographer Edwina Robertson are road tripping across the country to find bush love stories.
STRONG LOVE: Middlemount couple Eion and Anne Anderson share their love story for the book Hearts of Australia. INSET: Journalist Andrea Crothers (left) and photographer Edwina Robertson are road tripping across the country to find bush love stories. Edwina Robertson Photography

But Eion and Anne stood out for Andrea, with two people still in love after half a century.

"It has been really incredible, you get to have a cup of tea with these people you've just met and are incredibly open," Andrea said.

The two friends have already covered a lot of ground with their first Queensland trip covering 6600km in 10 days, speaking to 12 couples.

Andrea and Edwina will head to New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria searching for bush love tales in January.

For more information head to their Facebook page, "Hearts of Australia".

HEARTS OF AUSTRALIA

  • Journalist Andrea Crothers and photographer Edwina Robertson will publish a coffee table book with romance stories from the bush
  • They plan to release the book in 2017

Topics:  books bush country love rockhampton romance



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