Broth­ers re­united!

Af­ter be­ing torn apart through tragedy as kid­skids, these Aussie broth­ers are mak­ing up for lost time

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

Lis­ten­ing to the ban­ter fly be­tween Terry Gall and Barry Suther­land, you’d be for­given for think­ing they’d been thick as thieves their en­tire lives. But the broth­ers spent more than half a cen­tury search­ing for each other be­fore their emo­tion­ally charged re­union in Toowoomba last month.

“As soon as we saw each other we hugged for the long­est time,” Terry, 61, tells Woman’s Day. “We were so close be­fore we were sep­a­rated. Now, it’s like we were never apart. We talk ev­ery day now. We’ll be stick­ing to­gether for the rest of our lives.”

Terry, then seven, and Barry, eight, were get­ting ex­cited for Christ­mas in 1965 when their 26-year-old mother sud­denly died of a heart at­tack, turn­ing their en­tire world up­side down.

Their fa­ther was a sol­dier so the pair were taken to an or­phan­age that day and sent out to var­i­ous fos­ter homes over the years be­fore they were adopted out to sep­a­rate fam­i­lies. “We used to call each other ev­ery week. Then Barry was go­ing to be sent back to the or­phan­age so he called ask­ing me to run away with him,” Terry re­calls.

“I couldn’t do it as I was young and my fam­ily were com­mit­ted to me. That was the last time we spoke un­til now.”

Rais­ing five chil­dren and work­ing as a min­is­ter across Aus­tralia, Terry says he never gave up hope of find­ing Barry, 63, of­ten reach­ing out to his con­gre­ga­tion for help.

But any leads turned into dead ends un­til his son Matthew, 25, be­gan re­search­ing their fam­ily his­tory for health rea­sons on an­ces­try.com.au this year.

Af­ter work­ing through a long chain of fam­ily con­tacts, Barry sur­prised his brother with a phone call three months ago be­fore mak­ing the trip from his home­town of Dubbo, NSW, to re­con­nect with Terry at his home in Toowoomba, Qld.

In an in­cred­i­ble co­in­ci­dence, they have since dis­cov­ered they were only me­tres from each other just last year. “I was driv­ing through Dubbo on the way home from Can­berra when this emu rid­ing a bike on dis­play in some­one’s front yard caught my eye so I took a photo,” Terry re­calls.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it when I showed Barry and he told me it was his house – of all the houses in Dubbo. We were only me­tres away from each other. I still get goose­bumps when I think about it.”

‘It’s like we were never apart. We talk ev­ery day now’

Barry (left) and Terry have vowed to never lose touch with each other again!

The boys with their late mother.

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