REUNITED: Cousins Gaye Tyler and Debbie Harrison meet at Gayndah's Nourished on Capper.
REUNITED: Cousins Gaye Tyler and Debbie Harrison meet at Gayndah's Nourished on Capper. Contributed

Long lost cousins reunite in Gayndah

BUNDABERG'S Debbie Harrison can't remember how long it had been since she saw her cousin Gaye Tyler, who has lived in Gayndah for 34 years.

Mrs Harrison knows she visited Mrs Tyler when she first moved to Gayndah and they would later bump into each other in Bundaberg randomly on the street.

After that?

"It's not that we fell out, we would never fall out,” Mrs Harrison said.

"It's just that you get your children, get your family and life happens.”

But after one of Mrs Harrison friends, who lives in Gayndah, took ill, she found time on her hands to look up her cousin, Gaye.

They set up a lunch date at Nourished on Capper.

Four hours later, they were still nattering away.

"It was like stepping back in time,” Mrs Harrison said.

"We just started talking and never stopped.

"I'm so glad I had the opportunity.”

Mrs Harrison moved to Bundaberg when she was 15, from Mundubbera, and stayed there ever since.

Though there was a bit of an age gap between the cousins, Mrs Harrison recalls fondly time spent with her cousin at the family beach house at Yeppoon.

Mrs Tyler said it was pleasant surprise receiving a call from Mrs Harrison.

"It was great reminiscing,” she said.


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