QUAD CORE: Fourteen-week-old Ethan with great-great-grandmother Eileen Murchie, and in the back row, dad Brent Beanland, great-grandmother Merrian Ross, and grandmother Tracey Ekeberg.
QUAD CORE: Fourteen-week-old Ethan with great-great-grandmother Eileen Murchie, and in the back row, dad Brent Beanland, great-grandmother Merrian Ross, and grandmother Tracey Ekeberg. Karen Harris

Five generations get together for special photo

WITH Eileen Murchie turning 96 in a few months and her great-great-grandson Ethan just on 14 weeks, a visit from the latter has given five generations the chance to replicate one of their earlier family photos.

Ethan's dad Brent was only a child in the earlier photo, but he and wife Maria brought the little one up to visit their Gladstone family over the long weekend.

As the great-great-grandmother, Eileen was thrilled to have the cherub-faced baby and his parents visit.

Eileen has 75 descendents from five generations.

Her daughter Merrian said it had been an exciting visit.

"It's a rare opportunity to get five generations under the one roof and I feel very lucky and privileged," Merrian said.

"History is important. We don't live in the past but we like to remember it.

"You hear your friends say 'that's just priceless', and the photo is priceless."

She said the first photo was taken in New South Wales.

"I was here (in Gladstone), my daughter Tracey was in Brisbane and so we were all scattered.

"To be able to do it then was a mammoth task but very rewarding."

Tracey is back in Gladstone but her son Brent and his family live in Melbourne.

"Ethan is my first grandchild and a welcomed addition to the family."

She said the internet allowed them to keep in contact daily.

"We've had a photo every day since he's been born.

"Each of his milestones we get photos of like when he's rolled over or slept through the night. It's almost like they're here."



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