Soul sisters have plenty in common
IT is no coincidence that Elsie Gregory and Wendy Pratley are soul sisters, but everything else in their lives comes down to pure chance.
The two Banora Point women have more in common than anyone else they know - a fact which brings many strange looks their way.
Around three years ago Elsie told Wendy, her superior at work, that she needed the day off to celebrate her wedding anniversary.
Soon after that simple request their life took a spooky turn when they discovered Wendy's anniversary was on the same day.
"I said she couldn't have the day off because it was also my anniversary, and then we got talking," said Wendy.
"We soon realised both our husbands are called Rex, which we thought strange because it's not a common name."
Intrigued by only two coincidences, Elsie was inspired to find out more. She found another four things they have in common.
Not only did they both marry a Rex on the same day at around the same time, but the two men also worked in the building industry and are colour blind.
Born in Papua New Guinea, Elsie then discovered that she and Wendy both spent time at Mt Hagen, a town in PNG's highlands, at the same time.
"We didn't know each other. I was working there and met my Rex, and Wendy was travelling," said Elsie.
Now firm friends who both work at St Martha's Hostel in Banora Point, the coincidences continue to unravel each time they speak.
"Only the other day we found out that our marriage proposals came out of accidents. I was recovering from a motorbike accident when Rex proposed," said Wendy.
"And Rex had been in a car accident when he proposed to me," said Elsie.
Hoping to add to their list of coincidences, the couples will celebrate their 34th wedding anniversaries together tonight with a special dinner.
"Rex and I haven't talked a lot, so I'm sure we will discover a lot more. In fact, how much do you weigh Rex?" asked Elsie's husband at the Daily News photo shoot.
"74 kilograms," said Wendy's Rex.
"Same as me!"