Sharlyn and Justin O'Leary with kids Patrick, Siale and Michael. Photo by Susie Cunningham.
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Becoming Family: O’Leary Family

Justin and Sharlyn O’Leary had their first date at the Beaudesert RSL – now known as The Club – 12 years ago, and the rest is history. It all started with a text message from Justin, who had managed to get Sharlyn’s number from her uncle who he was working […]

Jim and Eden Platell with Charlie, AJ and Lachlan
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Becoming Family: The Platells

High on a hill in Tabooba – a little-known nook near Tamrookum, south of Beaudesert – the Platell kids are making memories of an idyllic country childhood. High school sweethearts Eden and Jim Platell, 38 and 37, are parents to AJ, 13, Charlie, 11, and Lach- lan, 7. They also […]

Susie Riach and Ross Barber with their daughters Addy and Georgie.
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Susie, Ross and co

Susie Riach and Ross Barber treasure their little girls more than anything else in the world. Susie and Ross, both 38, are parents to Addy, 3, and Georgie, 1. They’ve built a beautiful life in Beaudesert with their daughters and their pets Bella the kelpie, 7, Teddy the British shorthair […]

Olivia Jackson-Blow and her mum Cherece Jackson.
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Olivia and Cherece’s Family

Olivia Jackson-Blow and her mum Cherece Jackson are like two unique peas in a pod. Olivia, whose nicknames are Bug, Ladybug and Liv, is an energetic 5 year old who keeps Cherece, 27, on her toes.  She gets her intelligence, quick wit, and sass from her mum but also regularly […]

Robin and Kylie Rodwell.
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Rodwell Family

Kylie and Robin Rodwell will celebrate 28 years of marriage on 27 February. The Rodwells live in Beaudesert with their 18-year-old purebred chihuahua Zeus, who they got as a pup for their eldest son after they moved here 18 years ago. When they first married the couple, originally from Woodridge […]

The McNamara Family
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McNamara Family

Long-time sweethearts Sarah and Daniel McNamara live at Kerry with their daughters Sylvia, 3, and Eleanor, 1, and their 13-year-old Golden Retriever Lyla. Sarah, 34, and Dan, 36, were married in 2010 and they’ve been together for nearly two decades – since 2003. They met via the old video shop […]

Zac and Susie Cunningham, Bluey, Boy and LeChat
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Susie & Zac Cunningham

We all have a family. This is dedicated to all of us. Family means something different to everyone. It’s the first-time parents bringing their baby home from Beauy Hospital, the car full of kids and the old man who lives alone with his little dog. It’s the empty nesters and […]