Five generations gathering was six years in the making
FOR the Murchie family, a Christmas family reunion became a special milestone.
The get-together was six years in the making and brought five generations together.
The family matriarch is Eileen Murchie and at 95 years old she has led a long and full life surrounded by a large family.
Daughter Merrian Ross said it was a great feat to have everyone together in the same spot for once.
"My sister Carol was there and they've recently returned to Gladstone from Hervey Bay, and that's how it came about that we have the five generations under one roof," she said.
"It was a huge effort to have everyone with mum for Christmas, considering how busy and spread out people are these days.
The family have always been Gladstone locals, and they cherish the time they spend as a family, so much so that Merrian decided to move mum in.
"When dad died, I promised him I'd make sure mum was looked after and I was fortunate enough to be able to put a little cottage in the backyard at my place in Off Lane," she said.
"Even though mum's 95, she's too young to go into an old people's home; she's strong-minded and young at heart. And I love having her so close."
Merrian admits having the family together has brought out the true spirit of the festive season.
"The day was spent in a cool spot and having lunch and reminiscing of great and embarrassing stories," she said.