Ready to meet her long-lost brother

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

Tatura’s Mar­garet Fo­ord is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing her half-brother John this month, thanks to the Tatura Com­mu­nity House’s Fam­ily His­tory Group.

Since head­ing down the fam­ily his­tory lane Mar­garet Fo­ord has found more links to her fa­ther than she an­tic­i­pated by find­ing a half­brother she never knew she had.

Five months ago Mrs Fo­ord joined up with Tatura Com­mu­nity House’s Fam­ily His­tory Group af­ter her sis­ter-in-law sent her an Ances­tryDNA test kit.

‘‘I joined up and they did all the fancy stuff forme and we were off,’’ Mrs Fo­ord said.

She re­ally wanted to know about her dad hav­ing left him be­hind in Eng­land in 1949.

‘‘Four­teen years ago my sis­ter-in-law and niece were go­ing to Eng­land and they asked if I wanted them to find any­thing out about my fam­ily and I said my dad, James Ver­dun Fo­ord,’’ Mrs Fo­ord said.

‘‘They got his birth cer­tifi­cate and his and my mum’s mar­riage cer­tifi­cate.

‘‘Then when they got back home my sis­ter-in-law rang me and said do you know your dad is in NSW Aus­tralia?,’’

Mrs Fo­ord said it was won­der­ful hav­ing the fam­ily his­tory group help her out— be­cause she wouldn’t know where to start.

‘‘They found out that my fa­ther had re­mar­ried and had had an­other two boys, from the pas­sen­ger list from the boat they came across to Aus­tralia on,’’ she said.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately one brother was killed in an ac­ci­dent and my dad had passed away in 1974 at the age of 60.’’

Fam­ily His­tory Group fa­cil­i­ta­tor Garry Clough fol­lowed James Fo­ord’s em­i­gra­tion to Aus­tralia lead­ing him to the pos­si­bil­ity of a John in Bris­bane be­ing Mrs Fo­ord’s miss­ing brother.

‘‘Garry rang me and said what do you want to know about your fa­ther be­cause I’ve just got in con­tact with your half-brother,’’ Mrs Fo­ord said.

‘‘I was glad I was sit­ting down, I couldn’t be­lieve it, ev­ery­thing had hap­pened so fast.’’

Af­ter a num­ber of emails and dis­cus­sions about John’s search for his fa­ther’s first fam­ily with no luck, a trip to Shep­par­ton was planned for the sib­lings to meet.

‘‘We will be meet­ing atmy sec­ond home, the Vic­to­ria Ho­tel, on Wed­nes­day the 22nd and we’ve in­vited Garry to come along,’’ Mrs Fo­ord said.

‘‘He will fill in some gaps about my dad be­cause he was lucky enough to spend all that time with him that I didn’t.’’

Mrs Fo­ord said news like this was re­ally good for a town like Tatura and she was look­ing for­ward to show­ing her brother around the town.

‘‘Robin and Tony from the pub will make him feel wel­come, they’re like fam­ily to me, and they were rapt when I told them and it’s re­ally good for the Tatura Com­mu­nity House also to have a suc­cess like this,’’ she said.

■ The Fam­ily His­tory Group runs weekly on Wed­nes­days 1 pmto 3 pm at the TCH, 12-16 Casey St, Tatura.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, phone TCH on 5824 1315.

Pic­ture: Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

Grate­ful: Mar­garet Fo­ord is flanked be­tween Tatura Com­mu­nity House’s Fam­ily His­tory Group fa­cil­i­ta­tors Garry Clough and Lois Orr.

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