Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Blood Thicker Than Distance Suddenly He Has More; Family Reunited after Decades

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Blood Thicker Than Distance Suddenly He Has More; Family Reunited after Decades

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Byline: Elyse Wurm Elyse.Wurm@warwickdailynews.com.au

A WILD chase led siblings Narelle Forsyth and Richard King to Warwick, but if it wasn't for a signature pair of stubbies they may never have been reunited with the dad they had not seen in decades.

Narelle and Richard jumped on a plane from Sydney to Queensland this month with not much more than an inkling their dad was living in Warwick.

Growing up with different mothers, they were only reunited a couple of months ago.

They got their heads together and realised time may be running out to find their dad.

They also had questions about possible siblings they needed to put to rest.

Richard remembered travelling to Queensland in school holidays and had seen a newspaper clipping from 2002 mentioning their dad living here.

They called the Warwick Memorial RSL Club and when the person on the phone recognised their dad's name -- also Richard King, they knew they were onto something.

"I thought we could just go and sit at the RSL, we'll sit there for 12 hours if we have to," Richard said.

"We kept it hush because we didn't know what his reaction was going to be."

Having discovered a more recent picture of their dad in the Warwick Daily News, the pair popped into our office to see if we could help.

Advertising manager Kaela Freeman told the pair the only Richard King she knew always wore a pair of short white stubbies.

Straight away, Richard knew they were onto the right man.

"White stubbies, that's all he used to wear. Shorts, bare feet and tanned skin," Richard said.

The siblings were given the number for Joan Wallace, publican at O'Mahoney's Hotel where their father used to visit.

Joan then rang Richard senior to tell him the great news.

But at first he didn't believe her.

"He said, 'No, there's no chance, Joan. If they're here, you send them here'," Narelle said. …

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