Family found after 60 years
MARK Davies spent most of his life wondering if he would ever meet his brothers and sisters - or if he even had any.
The Buderim man was adopted as a two-year-old in England during the Second World War and spent more than six decades knowing nothing about his family.
That all changed earlier this year when he was united with his eight half-siblings for the first time, at the age of 69.
The catalyst came when his adoptive mother died last year and Mr Davies found his adoption papers in her belongings.
There, for the first time, was his birth mother's name and he began the task of tracking down his long lost family.
Turning to ancestry websites and online news articles, the retired electronic technician discovered his birth mother had also died.
But she had given birth to triplets in California.
Eventually making contact with one of them, Mr Davies was shocked to find his mother had been married twice and he had five more half-siblings in England.
He made contact with all eight of his half-siblings and in August he travelled to the US and the UK with his wife, Gill, to meet his brothers and sisters for the first time.
"In some respects I wish I'd known earlier so I could have done more," he said.
"But the welcome from all of them was overwhelming and very emotional.
"I now know I not only have brothers and sisters, but nieces and nephews every where."
Mr Davies said this year had been one of the best of his life.
"We're all keeping in regular contact now," he said.
"It's nice to know I have more family around the world."