Who Is My Mother’s Biological Father?

In August 1967, a nineteen year old woman named Vicki Lyn Taplin gave birth to a baby girl in Crown Street Womens Hospital in Sydney. She named this baby girl Melissa. Being unmarried and very young, Vicki was faced with the unbelievably difficult decision of giving up her child. Weeks later, this baby girl was adopted & given the name Elizabeth.

This baby girl, as it happens is my Mum.



Vicki snuck back into the hospital with her own mother to get this picture of Mum.


Mum found out she was adopted as a teenager, and with the support of her adoptive parents (my amazing grandparents) began the search for her birth family. This search was long winded and emotionally turbulent, but finally when I was about seven years old, Mum found out what had become of her birth mother. Sadly, Vicki had passed away in 1978.

The discovery wasn’t all sadness however as it gained Mum more siblings, Aunts & Uncles. However, there was one final piece to the puzzle that was missing. Who is Mum’s biological father? This is a question that has yet to be answered.


The question was posed to all the relatives who could have possibly known at the time, but it seems Vicki remained tight lipped on the subject. There is no name listed for the father on Mum’s pre-adoption birth certificate. Here is what we do have on Mum’s father, based on adoption records from the time:


-He was 22 years old, making his birth year around 1945.

-He was studying an Arts degree.

-Had an average build, brown hair & hazel eyes.

-He was aware of the pregnancy.

*This information has to be taken with a grain of salt, as Vicki used a fake surname and a different age on different documents, this was common at the time with these circumstances*


With the fact that there is not much information to go on in mind, I have administered DNA tests on Mum and myself. However DNA testing of this nature is a collaborative endeavour. To confirm a match, one must have at least a small amount of familial knowledge, which we definitely don’t have.


I believe someone must have some idea though of who Mum’s biological father is, outside the family perhaps. We just haven’t found that someone to point us in the right direction yet. Vicki at the time of conception was a psychiatric nurse, possibly at Callan Park Hospital in Sydney. We don’t know where exactly she lived at the time, her family were living in Newcastle. After giving birth to Mum, she joined the WRANS around 1968, before getting married in 1969.


I am asking everyone to share this with everyone you know. Did any of your relatives have a friend named Vicki in the 60s? Were any of them nurses in the late 60s at Callan Park? Did they have a flatmate by that name during that time? Were you in the WRANs Class 103 of 1968? If so I would love to chat with you, as I would like to know if Vicki confided in anyone during or after her pregnancy with Mum. Mum would love the chance to meet her biological father, as would I. But first things first, we need a name. No piece of information is too small, it could go a long way in the search. Please contact me via email at emilycathrynphotography@gmail.com and help me to find the final piece of the puzzle.



Vicki on left, my Mum Elizabeth on right.


This post has been written with Mum’s permission as well as that of my adoptive grandparents. I consider myself lucky, as I have two sets of family on Mum’s side and this search in no way diminishes the love and respect I have for my adoptive grandparents. They helped to raise my sister and I, and I can’t put into words just how lucky I am to have grandparents like them. Not all adoption stories turn out the way Mum’s did I have quickly learnt, Mum without a doubt won the lottery with Nan & Pa and I thank them for their never-ending support with not just this difficult search, but with everything.


As I said above, please share this with everyone. Even if you have no connections to us, your help would be much appreciated. Updates will come as new information comes to light.

3 Responses to “Who Is My Mother’s Biological Father?”

  1. susan

    You could check at the university of Sydney because at that time that was the only university in Sydney. See what students were studying Arts.

  2. Bridget Brennan

    I recently discovered my dad was raised by his maternal grandparents and the woman he believed was his sister was actually his mother. Unfortunately for me all the people who might have been able to give me some clues to the identity of my biological grandfather are now dead. I wish you good luck with your quest and I hope you find him very soon.

  3. Cassie Menne

    Love you honey – as hard as this was to write – you did a fantastic job writing it. I have shared it and asked my friends to also share it.


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