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From a plain chair behind her wooden desk, Catherine Hebblewhite is looking for love.

Not for herself, but for her growing bevvy of single clients searching for “the one”.

Ms Hebblewhite is a professional matchmaker. 

It’s a dying art, but one that is apparently undergoing something of a revival. 

“Especially for people who are 40 and over,” Ms Hebblewhite says.

“They see the apps as a place to go and find a hook-up or a one night stand or a fling.”

Catherine Hebblewhite recently changed careers to become a matchmaker.(Supplied: Catherine Hebblewhite)

There are dozens of matchmaking agencies across Australia in what is a largely unregulated industry. Clients can pay anywhere from a few thousand dollars to upwards of $15,000 for membership.

Ms Hebblewhite, a former counsellor, turned to matchmaking about 12 months ago after noticing a significant increase in the number of single people coming to her for relationship advice.

She now represents more than 800 singles everywhere from Ballarat to Canberra, Wodonga and her home base of Jindera, about 15 minutes north of Albury in regional New South Wales.

Make me a match

Matchmaking is an art with a long history, featuring everywhere from the Bible to Disney’s Mulan.


Globally, it’s big business.

Varying reports estimate the international matchmaker market to be worth between $2.35 billion and $6 billion, with 40 per cent of operators based in the United States.

Ms Hebblewhite is part of the Matchmakers Alliance, an international non-profit that works to advance the profession and “share ideas in order to best serve our clients”. 

Two women in bed smile at each other, drinking coffee.

Matchmakers charge a higher fee than online dating apps.(Supplied: AllGo, CC Unsplash license)

Potential suitors are interviewed and police checked before being added to her digital rolodex. 

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