STORY - ON­LINE LOVE

Woman trav­els to Mackay to find true love

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ASHARED love for camp­ing and good con­ver­sa­tion meant Pa­tri­cia Smith and David Luck­ock were a match from the get-go.

Liv­ing in re­mote ar­eas and work­ing in iso­la­tion meant they felt a lack of so­cial con­nec­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties to get out there to find “the one”.

Af­ter meet­ing on an on­line dat­ing app the pair talked for nine months over the in­ter­net and the phone be­fore meet­ing in per­son.

Be­ing a 14-hour drive from the New South Wales-queens­land bor­der town of Thar­go­min­dah to Il­bil­bie south of Mackay, they made their first date worth­while and un­usual. The ap­proach proved to be a suc­cess for the cou­ple that is now hap­pily mar­ried.

School hol­i­days had be­gun and Mrs Luck­ock packed the car and trav­elled all the way to Mr Luck­ock’s prop­erty near Il­bil­bie.

There were nerves and ex­cite­ment when Mrs Luck­ock drove to a for­eign place to spend a week camp­ing with a man she had never met in per­son.

“We met on the cor­ner of the high­way be­cause I had not been up there,” Mrs Luck­ock said.

“I had phone reception the whole way. I took the risk and never looked back.”

Mr Luck­ock had the camp site on his prop­erty set up for her ar­rival.

“We knew be­fore­hand that it was go­ing to work, we just had to make it hap­pen,” Mrs Luck­ock said.

“With on­line dat­ing you are a bit ner­vous and du­bi­ous to take the risk.”

Mr Luck­ock de­cided to make the move to Thar­go­min­dah for a seachange and ca­reer change. A diesel fit­ter by trade he now runs his own can­vass­ing and leather work busi­ness in the coun­try town where Mrs Luck­ock works as a teacher.

The pro­posal hap­pened spon­ta­neously over a lunch at Flax­ton Gar­dens in the Sun­shine Coast Hin­ter­land.

“He said ‘I don’t have the ring yet but will you marry me’ and I cried and he sat there laugh­ing,” Mrs Luck­ock said.

The cou­ple wed­ded at the same lo­ca­tion eight months later on June 29, 2017 with an in­ti­mate cer­e­mony.

“He is my yin and I am his yang, he calms me and I of­fer sup­port when he needs it, our part­ner­ship works, when one is weak the other one is strong,” Mrs Luck­ock said.

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