Long road for lass and lad
It was purely by luck that Eddie and Flo Whyte happened into each other’s lives in Scotland more than 50 years ago and just like all classic love stories it was the meet cute that almost didn’t happen.
She was the beautiful Scottish lass out for a dance with her friends.
He was the cheeky world traveller who nearly didn’t go to the dance hall.
“We met at a dance in 63,” said Flo. “He was there with friends, I was there with friends, the friends knew one another but we didn’t.”
As Flo is telling their story Eddie excitedly interjects.
“I’d never been to that dance hall before. We were tossing up whether to go to one or the other, this one was closer so we went to this one.”
Flo polished the story off with a simple, “it was just fate.”
At this point in the story Eddie, who was born and bred in Scotland, had already travelled to Australia once before and had well and truly caught the travel bug. One year after they met Eddie decided to move to Mossman, but not without his Flo.
Flo who by her own admission was not much of a traveller didn’t hesitate to pack her bags and kiss her home country goodbye.
“Well the intention was to see how I would go here and whether I would like it or not. There’s a lot of Scot people here. The scenery is entirely different from Scotland. But it was very social, there was lots of things on.”
Eddie agreed with Flo saying there was lots to do around the shire for a young couple.
“There used to be dancing nearly every weekend, at the Shire Hall on Friday and Saturday nights. Julatten, Molloy and Daintree Hall as well.”
In 1965 Eddie popped the question and by November the two intrepid travellers were married at the Uniting Church in Mossman.
Not one relative attended the wedding festivities but Eddie and Flo didn’t care. They knew they were a long way from home but were content with their decision.
“We’ve got no rellies to fight with here, but we’ve got plenty of friends.
“The first visitors we would have had come visit was when
When Eddie brought Flo out to Australia they knew no one. But, as they told Madison Williams, they had each other and that was fine.
my mum, dad and sister came out and visited in 1970.
“[Nowadays] we’ve always got someone visiting, it’s become a lot easier – my brother’s in Cairns at the moment.”
When it came to what Flo’s parents thought about her moving half way across the world Eddie and Flo were in two minds about it. Eddie contested that they were “heartbroken” as Flo was the “favourite child” while Flo insisted they knew she was following her heart.
Well Flo’s instincts were correct as Eddie and Flo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday at High Falls surrounded by their four children and seven grandchildren.
Fifty years after they made the big move Eddie and Flo still say they wouldn’t change a thing.
Now both of them are in retirement, spending their time gardening, socialising and of course, appreciating each other.
Eddie and Flo Whyte celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday with their four children