Rodger, Glyn and Edna holding on to twins Robert and Rowland as they left the UK in 1952.
Rodger, Glyn and Edna holding on to twins Robert and Rowland as they left the UK in 1952. contributed

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.

Robert and Rowland about seven-years-old before they left Rockhampton to return to the UK.
Robert and Rowland about seven-years-old before they left Rockhampton to return to the UK. contributed

He also a class photo and a photo of himself with Rowland.

The twins are each end of the top row and in the bottom photo Rowland is holding the form sign and Robert is top row second from left (Edna always dressed them the same!).
The twins are each end of the top row and in the bottom photo Rowland is holding the form sign and Robert is top row second from left (Edna always dressed them the same!). contributed

"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.”

The house Robert Thomas lived in with his twin Rowland, brother Roger and parents Edna and Glyn in Rockhampton between 1952 and 1959. Location unknown.
The house Robert Thomas lived in with his twin Rowland, brother Roger and parents Edna and Glyn in Rockhampton between 1952 and 1959. Location unknown. contributed

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 liz.thomas@iacf.co.uk.



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