News

Laurel finds her family

It was an emotional day for Laurel Howard this week when she met her brother, William Moulds, the brother she never knew she had.
It was an emotional day for Laurel Howard this week when she met her brother, William Moulds, the brother she never knew she had. Bev Lacey

AFTER nearly 60 years Laurel Howard finally got the brother she had always wanted this week.

Mrs Howard, who was adopted out as a baby at just one week old, decided to start trying to find out about her birth family late last year.

After months of trawling online databases, countless phone calls and lots of help from the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society, Mrs Howard was able to trace both her parents and grandparents through birth, death and engagement notices.

It was while doing this she discovered that she had an older brother William, who lived at the coast.

He knew nothing about her.

"I called him up and asked 'was your mother such and such and your father such and such?' " she said.

"I explained to him I was adopted out and never knew who my mother was but that I had all the certificates and clippings and that he was definitely my brother.

"He admitted he was surprised but excited and wanted to meet me.

"I told him I've always wanted a brother and now I've got one," she said.

The siblings met for the first time earlier this week when William travelled to Toowoomba to visit for the day.

Mrs Howard also saw a photo of her birth mother for the first time.

"He looked nothing like I thought he would," she said.

"When you see them for the first time, you don't know whether to shake hands or hug.

"It was so emotional. We were both a bit teary eyed."

Mrs Howard is still unsure as to why her mother gave her up for adoption.

Both parents are now deceased.

Through her searching and talking to new family members, Mrs Howard has discovered she also has cousins that live nearby.

"They've been all around me and I've never known," she said.

"We came to a lot of dead ends but you've got to be consistent and persistent. You've got to keep going."

Topics:  adoption, family history society




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Early morning car fire in Grafton

A car on fire in Fitzroy Street, Grafton on Saturday morning.

A car was destroyed by fire in Fitzroy Street early Saturday morning

OPINION: Impact of turbines on birds blown out of proportion

Scale of carnage pales in comparison to those killed by cats

Politics in the Pub: Education funding is key

Adam Curlis, Sharryn Usher and Bob Boughton at the Politics in the Pub on Education at the Jacaranda Hotel on Friday, May 27.

Educators talked government funding at Politics in the Pub.

Latest deals and offers

Politics in the Pub: Education

Adam Curlis, Sharryn Usher and Bob Boughton at the Politics in the Pub on Education at the Jacaranda Hotel on Friday, May 27.

On Friday, May 27 Bob Boughton spoke at Politics in the Pub at the Jacaranda Hotel...

Grafton Public gets some fire training

Grafton Public School students got their hands wet when the local brigade as part...

Car fire in Grafton

A car was destroyed by fire in the early hours of Saturday morning in Fitzroy...

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest