Can you help Nick find his dad?

On the left Nick Fredric with his half siblings Juanita Denholm, Yvette Meachen and Logan Meachen.
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On the left Nick Fredric with his half siblings Juanita Denholm, Yvette Meachen and Logan Meachen.

 

His birth mother died before he had a chance to meet her, taking his father's name with her to the grave.

Now, a Kiwi man is calling for Southlanders to help identify his birth father.

Rosaleen Dawn Trail known as Dawn, was from Te Anau and worked in the Hospitality industry in the area in the early 70s
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Rosaleen Dawn Trail known as Dawn, was from Te Anau and worked in the Hospitality industry in the area in the early 70s

Nick Fredric, 42, discovered the identity of his birth mother when he was 18-years-old through adoption services, but decided to wait before acting on the information.

He started searching for her years later, but was too late.

"She died about a year before I started looking."

Rosaleen Dawn Trail known as Dawn, was from Te Anau and worked in the Hospitality industry in the area in the early 70s
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Rosaleen Dawn Trail known as Dawn, was from Te Anau and worked in the Hospitality industry in the area in the early 70s

"The sad thing is she took my dad's name with her to the grave."

His birth mother, Rosaleen Dawn Trail, known as Dawn, was from Te Anau and worked in the hospitality industry in the area in the early 1970s before becoming pregnant and giving birth to Fredric in 1974.

"I am looking for anyone who was in Te Anau in the '70s and who thinks they might have any information."

Fredric has appealed to several Southland-based Facebook groups but didn't have any strong leads yet, he said.

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The only clues to his father's identity were the information Dawn gave for his birth certificate.

The man was listed as a 25-year-old Australian, with Canadian Indian heritage, measuring 5 foot and 10½ inches tall, with dark brown hair, blue eyes and a solid build.

His birth mother also wrote on adoption papers that man was out going and thoughtful and loved sports like swimming, climbing and squash.

Dawn had believed the man had married to someone in Australia before Fredric was born, he said.

"It is not a lot to go off, but it is all we really have."

The whole pregnancy was shrouded in mystery, he said.

"Back in those days it was a big secret."

His two half sisters didn't know he existed until about 10 years ago, but now they were close and encouraged him to find his father.

With a marriage possibly involved, the situation could be awkard for his father, Fredric said.

"I'm not looking to break up a family or cause trouble.

"I just want to meet him and find out about my family ... I mean, I don't even know if he knows about me."

"Who knows, maybe I have more half brothers and sisters."

He was not dwelling on it or sad about his situation, he said.

"It's just one of those things I'd like to know."

If you have any information email stl.eye@fairfaxmedia.co.nz or visit the Te Anau Community Information Facebook page.

 - Stuff

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