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Interstate webcam chat turns to love for M'boro woman

Maryborough's Helen Rekdale and Ron Conron found love online.
Maryborough's Helen Rekdale and Ron Conron found love online. Robyne Cuerel

SHE found him online and had him delivered to Maryborough to start their life together - near enough to a happily-ever-after.

When Maryborough woman Helen Rekdale logged on to PalTalk.com she was looking for friendship and good conversation.

She was hardly expecting to find a new man online.

"I had no interest in using dating sites, because I really wasn't looking," she said.

Instead her relationship with South Australian man Ron Conron started in cyberspace, simply as friends, through the booming industry of online chatrooms.

"I met him in an Aussie room where we were part of a group conversation," Ms Rekdale said.

"He's a computer nerd and I was having computer issues when we first started speaking privately.

"I really got to know him through our long conversations and webcam chats - sometimes they lasted all night."

After six months of online dates, Ms Rekdale built up the courage to meet Mr Conron in person.

"I flew out to meet him, but because he was living three hours out of Adelaide, I had to be prepared," she said.

"My friends had asked about bail-out methods and excuses to escape if it was all going pear-shaped."

Ms Rekdale said she treated the visit like an adventure.

"It was a risk that I took, but it paid off because after he came to visit me it was only six weeks later I was helping him pack up to move," she said.

Ms Rekdale and Mr Conron are planning a simple affair this Valentine's Day.

"Something close to home, like a picnic down by the Mary River - maybe with a bottle of champagne," she said.

What have your experiences with online dating been like?

This poll ended on 16 February 2014.

I've had good results from it - 25%

I've found it okay - 5%

I've encountered good and bad - 18%

I've tried it but there were too many weirdos - 20%

I've tried but hated it and would never go back - 1%

I don't use online dating - 29%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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