Cousins’ re­union joy

Af­ter 57 years, these Ch­eryls find each other on web

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Kate Bene­dict

BIGGEN­DEN’S Ch­eryl Gib­son (nee Martin) was re­cently re­united with her cousin, Ch­eryl Glas­gow (nee Row­lands), af­ter 57 years.

The last time the Ch­eryls saw each other was in 1955, as twoyear-olds, when Mrs Glas­gow and her mother went to Vic­to­ria to visit Mrs Gib­son and her mother.

The girls’ moth­ers were sis­ters.

“My mother is dead now, so I don’t know why we have the same name,” Mrs Gib­son said.

“I guess they didn’t have tele­phones back then, but we are five months apart, so you would think the sis­ters would have had time to write and say I’ve had a daugh­ter and named her Ch­eryl.”

Mrs Glas­gow has lived in New Zealand since her mother went there af­ter she mar­ried.

The long-lost cousins made contact through ge­neal­ogy web­site an­ces­

Af­ter the ini­tial contact and sev­eral con­fir­ma­tion emails and col­lab­o­ra­tion by both par­ties, the pair ar­ranged a meet­ing.

The on­line find cul­mi­nated in a short, but joy­ous, oc­ca­sion, where the cousins were able to meet and talk to each other af­ter more than half a cen­tury apart.

The Ch­eryls cov­ered the years gone by in Biggen­den on Oc­to­ber 11.

Mrs Gib­son and her hus­band Den­nis are con­sid­er­ing a trip to New Zealand to visit her cousin’s home­land and meet other fam­ily mem­bers.

RE­UNITED: Af­ter 57 years Ch­eryl Gib­son (right) from Biggen­den was re­united with her cousin Ch­eryl Glas­gow.

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