LOST RELATIVE: Doug James (pictured) told his daughter Bernadette that she had a half brother.
LOST RELATIVE: Doug James (pictured) told his daughter Bernadette that she had a half brother.

Student's bid to locate mum’s missing brother

UNI student Sophie Clegg is solving a family mystery.

Ever since she found out her mother had a long lost half-brother, she has been digging, searching ancestry records and talking to anyone who might know something.

For her mother, Bernadette Clegg, having a conversation with a sibling she has never met would be "life changing".

Twenty years ago, when Bernadette was 25, she had just gotten back in contact with her father, Doug James.

That's when he told her she had a half-brother.

"He said you know you've got a half-brother out there somewhere and literally told me nothing else," Bernadette said.

"It was like a tease - He was very secretive about it."

It's been playing on Bernadette's mind since.

"I've always wondered if I would ever be able to find him," she said.

"And I think it's the whole mystery and just thinking someone is out there."

Bernadette said she had always wanted a brother.

"I've always felt I'd love to have a brother, she said.

"I don't have much family left, in terms of immediate family - I have this yearning to find him."

FAMILY MYSTERY: Sophie and Bernadette Clegg are eager to track down their long lost relative.
FAMILY MYSTERY: Sophie and Bernadette Clegg are eager to track down their long lost relative.

Studying Criminology and always eager to piece together a mystery, Sophie was keen to track down her uncle.

Her grandfather didn't leave much behind for the pair, but in the small box he left them were some address books.

"We were looking through his address books and we found he had a relationship with a lady called Janice in Esk … Her address was on the back of a letter," Sophie said.

"So I went looking … And some of the women on there helped me find Janice's sons."

Sophie said the sons remembered Doug very clearly and said they even remembered him mention his son.

"They said they distinctly remembered Doug saying his son's name was John," Sophie said.

"The eldest son said John's mother was an ex (of Doug) who lived in Gatton, Esk or Atkinson Dam."

The pair believe the man is called John and would have been born between 1980 and 1991.

If you have any information, email bernie@makingrainbows.com.au.


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