Late love story of two Monto school friends

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Esther & Doug Peterson both happily celebrating their 90th birthdays on Saturday 24. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Esther & Doug Peterson both happily celebrating their 90th birthdays on Saturday 24. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail Zach Hogg BUN240814HPY1

SHE was a country girl, raised on a dairy farm.

He was a "townie", the son of a Monto shop keeper.

However the love story between Esther and Doug Peterson did not actually begin when they were both students at Monto State School, from 1930-1937.

"I think she had a crush on another boy," Doug said with a laugh.

"From then on, our lives went in different directions."

Esther stayed to help out on the family farm, while Doug's parents sent him to a Brisbane boarding school for a better education.

"That was what was expected of women in the 1930s," he said.

"They were expected to get married and look after the house."

And marry they both did - Esther had two children and Doug had six children with their respective partners.

It wasn't until a school reunion in 1996 that the pair saw each other again.

"We were both still married at the time," Doug said.

"But then we both lost our partners so we were sort of floating, each individually."

But it was when Doug came to Bundaberg to visit his nephew that he visited Esther and the relationship blossomed from there.

"We got married in March 2010," he said.

Doug said he would never have dreamed he would have ended up marrying the same girl he had once shared a classroom with.

"We've got so many things in common," he said.

"There's a great companionship between us."

In an even cuter turn of events, Doug and Esther both celebrated their 90th birthdays with their loved ones at the weekend.

"It was fantastic," Doug said.

The theme for their special milestone was life in the 1930s.

"We played some of the games we used to in those days before the times of computers," he said.

Esther turned 90 on August 20, and Doug will turn 90 on September 7.

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