HELP: UK man searches for former home, school in Rocky
HE was a young boy when he lived in Rockhampton with his family who are now all gone, but he hopes to track down some distant relatives or spark memories when he visits next week.
Robert Thomas will return to Rockhampton with his wife Liz on December 19 and 20 so he can show his wife where he grew up.
However, the 68-year-old man can't remember a lot about the time he and his family lived in the Beef Capital and hopes locals can help.
His wife Liz wrote to The Bulletin asking for help.
She said Robert only has a photo of the house he and his twin brother Rowland, other brother Roger, mother Edna and father Glyn lived in.
He also a class photo and a photo of himself with Rowland.
"They came out to Australia with their parents, Glyn and Edna and elder brother Roger with the £20 package in 1952 but returned to the UK in 1959,” Mrs Thomas wrote.
"We know that Edna worked in Rickarts in Albert Street for a couple of years.
"Sadly their father Glyn died in 1962 and then tragically Robert's twin Rowland died in 1964 in a freak accident weeks after starting an apprenticeship just before their 16th birthday.
"Robert is the only one left of his family and so we have no-one else to ask.
"However we do believe they chose Rockhampton to live because Edna's uncle already lived there. His surname was Halliday and we believe he was the golf professional at the Rockhampton Golf Club during the 1939-45 war.”
She said she hopes someone recognises the house the family lived in, or recognised people in the class photo to help identify the school.
If you recognise these photos and can provide any information to help Robert, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.