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O'BRIEN/O'BRIAN, Wayne: Lost in the world
I am trying to find where I belong, My fathers name is Wayne O'brien/ O'brian though I have never known him, I did meet him once and he told me I have a Maori background, I have always felt that I never belonged anywhere. Apparently the family name was Chang before the 'white Australia Policy' and then they became O'brian/O'brien, I know my grandfather died in the late ninties. I have no contact with any relations and am very lonely in life. I have spoken with other Maori people and they said to try and use the net to seek out my people. I was told that they could be from around the gold field areas or possibly Ngati Porou who where stolen to harvest sugar cane. I know it's a long shot but any information would be greatly appreciated. I just want to know who I am and where I come from.
Edited by - pearlau on Mar 09 2005 3:02:46 PM
Tena Koe Jay,
I can't imagine how you must be feeling. All I know is that I feel wonderful being me. Knowone else is like me and my individuality keeps me from going crazy.
I am aware of organisations who track & trace families who are not necesarily aware that they have extensions of themselves out in the fields of the ions. Salvation Army are always good too.
Do you have any information whatsoever pertaining to your Family name/s; Chang?, O'Brien?. If so, tell me (and those who may be privvy to this chat), as I am certain the more people who are aware of your plight and have access to any information (regardless of whether you think it is relevant or not), the better the chance of success.
Kia kaha e hoa,
Arohanui - Feijoas
These are some things I know, I have a brother called Shane O'mara two sisters, one called Kate, my grand mothers name is Irene or Ilene, i have a cousin called Lorraine Chang. My father spent time living in colyton, St Mary's in NSW. I have an uncle called Gary somewhere. My father grew up in St Mary's ( I think) Wayne O'brien/O'brian is his name. Apparently he works in Fencing, I wish i had more to give but this is all I have learnt over the years. I didn't find out about my father until I was 10yrs old. I was hit by a motorcycle and nearly died so my mother decided she'd better come clean. She can't tell me anything. I was born 25th feb 1977, when I was concieved my mother was 16 and my father 15. This is all I have so far.
Kia ora ano Jason
I have had a surf around and found some links that may put you in the right direction
This is a list of url's for O'Brien that are Maori - maybe you can contact the sites and ask for a contact for the O'brien person
I couldn't find anything for the O'Brian spelling
Good Luck! Let us know how you get on
Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
Together we will get there!
Kia ora Poutokomanawa and others
I have found out after racking my mothers brain that my Grandfathers name was Kenneth o'Brien, Grandmother is Delina O'Brien, i have two uncles who names are Danny and Gary O'Brien. I attempted to contact those addresses you gave me on the net but I haven't heard back from a single one.
I was talking to a women the other day and she told me that their was never people taken from NZ by the whites to work sugar cane in Australia, is this true? If so I won't pursue this line of investigation as she made me feel like I was talking bullshit. Though I thought the people they called Kanakas (sugar cane harvesters and planters) here were Maori people. Do you know anything about these things?
I am sincerely greatful for the interest of the people who have been trying to help in my search, it gives me faith knowing that at least some people care, whatever their input.
Kia Ora ano Jason
I do know how you feel as I to spent 3yrs looking for my dads family
I to contacted around about 15 people in one go and not one person
contacted me back so I persisted and persisted and then eventually[8D
out of 15 only 2 people contacted me and they gave me a whakapapa.
so keep on searching and like me you will be very lucky also.
Kanaka's where indentured labour from the Melanesian Islands.
Very true. My brother in law is descendend from these same Kanaka's. They were brought to Australia from Fiji. He is 2nd generation, his father who is still alive was taken to Australia in his early teens to work on the cane farms.
If your roots are Ngati Porou, then no doubt they went of their own free will. It is not unknown for Maori to have worked and lived in Australia 100's of years ago, one of my own tupuna worked for an Aboriginal whaler back in the 1800's. So whilst you may have been intially misguided, follow up on it as much as you can, don't ever give up.