A NEW book will pay tribute to a long-standing family in the region.
George and Catherine Aston's lives are honoured in a new book called A Life of Love which follows their story from living in Landsborough through to the next generations.
Granddaughter Judy Martin thinks she has the right balance between a family history book and in-depth information on the region and beyond.
Between the covers lies the story of the Astons and their lives from the 1880s onward.
In more recent years, the descendants of the Aston family gather every March and pay their respects to past family members in a reunion - a tradition of 33 consecutive years to date.
From the 25th anniversary of the reunion, the idea of the book was born.
"The idea to write a book about Ma and Pa's life is something we saw a priority," Mrs Martin said.
"The family contemplated it for the next few years and finally we started getting chapters organised from the family.
"In 2014 I met with some family members and we started the war chapter on George and his experiences in France and Belgium during World War I."
Mrs Martin said the chapter used detail from more than 100 letters and postcards.
"There is a total of 22 chapters in the book and 800 photos," she said.
"Some of the research we've found along the way has been amazing and people who I have come across and helped has been wonderful.
"It's not just a book about our family, but about life with a young family and living in a small rural town in Victoria."
Mrs Martin said the journey of piecing together and writing parts of the book was emotional at times.
"The book is called A Life of Love because that's what they lived," she said.
"I've always felt close to my Ma and Pa. It's been an emotional journey and sometimes it was too hard to talk about for some family members.
"We are such a close family. The title is fitting because it wasn't just the love that we received it was the love that was passed on."
Mr and Mrs Aston died within 12 days of each other in 1987.
"Once Pa passed away, Ma didn't eat or talk," Mrs Martin said. "It just showed her dedication to Pa - a dedication which was passed on to all her children."
Mrs Martin and her extended family are launching the book with a luncheon at Landsborough on Sunday, November 10 at noon.
"Everyone is more than welcome to come and there will be a light lunch for $5," she said.
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