Search for missing father

A 54-year-old Gympie woman’s search for her biological father has taken her to Mount Isa, where her story all began.

LOST ROOTS: Sue Chapman is looking for her father in Mount Isa. Ms Chapman said she was conceived in a Mount Isa drive-in in 1961 and adopted out in Rockhampton in 1962.

LOST ROOTS: Sue Chapman is looking for her father in Mount Isa. Ms Chapman said she was conceived in a Mount Isa drive-in in 1961 and adopted out in Rockhampton in 1962.

Sue Chapman was adopted out but said she knows she was conceived in at the Mount Isa drive-In cinema in August 1961.

“I am trying to find my father...he doesn’t know that I exist,” Ms Chapman said.

I am trying to find my father...he doesn't know that I exist. My mother said he was known as PK so I imagine his initials were PK - Sue Chapman

Ms Chapman does know her biological mother who won’t reveal all but has given some information.

“My mother said he was known as PK so I imagine his initials were PK.”

Ms Chapman said her mother told her he was from a well known Mount Isa family.

“It was a one night stand and she was 15 at the time,” she said.

“She was sent to Rockhampton area and I was born in May 1962 and adopted out.”

She said her father is described as being 5 foot 7 inches tall (170 centimetres) with grey green eyes and fair complexion.

“My mother wont tell me anymore,” she said.

“Surely someone out there can remember a fellow like that who was in Mount Isa at that time.

“I would love to find my Dad if anyone can help.”

She admitted she was grasping at straws trying to find him and was hoping a story in the local newspaper might trigger some memories.

“I have put posts on Facebook throughout Mount Isa and have a lot of wonderful response with many people trying to find my Dad,” she said.

“But I thought a lot of the older locals who do not use Facebook would read your newspaper.”

Ms Chapman has information about relatives on her mother’s side who lived in Mount Isa.

“Doug and Jean Croyden lived on corner of 2nd Ave and 13th Ave back in 1960's,” she said.

“They are my grandparents.

“Doug was a fitter at the mines.”

Ms Chapman said she had done a DNA test through ancestry.com and she was waiting for her results to see what it reveals.  

If you have any information, contact the North West Star on 07 4743 3355 or email us on nwseditorial@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

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