It was during the Depression years, and people were strapped for food and cash and everything else.”That was that — until Mr Stubblety was reunited with his sister this week in Perth, where Mrs Crick had eventually moved to live.She said she was overwhelmed about meeting her brother for the first time.”I was nervous but I was very excited. and then my brother drowned and after that it was just me.”He is now surrounded by brothers, nieces and nephews — a feeling he said was “indescribable”.And as for where they go from here?”We’ll just be brother and sister and we’ll be seeing each other again at every opportunity,” Ms Crick said. (Supplied: Family)
“I never thought it would get this far … “It took her breath away … “We were very close, it was only me and my brother … Bruce Stubblety and Barbara Crick are 69 and 73 years old, but despite sleeping in the same cot as babies, the brother and sister have lived a life apart.The siblings were separated when Mr Stubblety was put up for adoption at the age of just two months.After having had no contact for almost 70 years, the pair has been reunited after some online sleuthing by Mrs Crick’s granddaughter. (ABC TV News)
While the story of how Mr Stubblety was given up for adoption differs, what he does know is his mother was walking down a street in Richmond, Melbourne in 1947 when she was approached by a woman.”She said ‘That’s a nice-looking baby’ [and] my birth mother replied ‘do you want him?'” he said.”And they went down to the Richmond town hall to sign the birth papers and I went home with her. there wasn’t much information,” Ms Crick said.”Nana is always talking about what happened to her and her siblings and I realised that was my opportunity.”I went on to the Government website and I filled in the form and got our identification and just waited.”When the day finally came for the long-lost siblings to meet, it was an emotional and overwhelming occasion. My mother would go to jumble sales and get dresses, and trousers, pull them apart and then make our clothes out of the old Singer [sewing machine],” he said. Photo:
Mrs Crick and Mr Stubblety were reunited at Perth Airport this week. I always knew I had brothers out there but he [Bruce] didn’t know,” Mrs Crick said.”We slept in the same cot together as babies … to see her seeing someone that she had known as a baby, it was amazing to see and be a part of,” Ms Crick said.Meeting family ‘indescribable’, brother saysMr Stubblety said his adopted family life had been close knit.”They did everything they could possible do for me. Photo:
Mrs Crick says she was overwhelmed about meeting her brother. I was looking for a Peter but they’d changed his name.”Granddaughter used website ‘and just waited’The reunion was the work of granddaughter Angela Crick, who began investigating the family tree in January 2015.
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March 08, 2017 21:01:17
Bruce Stubblety and Barbara Crick have a lot of catching up to do.