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Subject: Huntington's Disease in Australia
Author: Tonia Bootle
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
I am a genetic genealogist that is also trying to solve a family mystery.
I am looking for more information on families affected by Huntington's Disease (HD) in Australia from the early 1900's to current date, due to a brick wall in my research.
I'm trying to find out who my biological maternal grandfather was, as he had Huntington's disease and he and my grandmother Beryl had a child out of wedlock, conceived in January 1955. This child was my mother Jo-Anne Blair (maiden name), who passed away from HD in 2009. I'd dearly love to know who he was and hopefully a little more about him.
The only information I have on him is that he lived in regional QLD, he had HD and therefore would have died in 1960's most likely, he was a travelling salesman along the NSW and QLD coast, and his first name was short, like Ray or Roy.
My grandmother's name was Beryl Blair (nee Dun) and I believe she was living in Yeronga, QLD at the time my mother was conceived. My aunt remembers travelling for several hours to Innisfail for my nan to visit this man. In the late 1950's, she recalls visiting him in a park at Shorncliffe or Sandgate, and noticed he had movements then.
I am very interested in finding other descendants of Australian families with HD, and perhaps we can trace our roots further. Please send me a private message if you do not feel comfortable posting on this public board.