This last week watched last years discovery of Richard the Third’s remains in the Car Park in Leicester. Last Sunday we saw ‘King in the Car Park’ on SBS and last night there was a follow up show under the Tile ‘The unseen story’. More or less the same but from a different angle. How amazing were all those incidences which led to the discovery , almost immediately, of his remains. Then of course there were the amazing twenty-first century tests they were able to do to substantiate their claim. Especially the DNA test on the nearest living relative. At a time when their is a dearth of anything much to watch on TV this was compelling viewing.
We had our own little foray into DNA recently when my lovely niece Jill asked Doug to have a DNA test. Many amongst the Nowell family over the years had been adamant that Doug’s grandfather was an aboriginal. Enthusiastic pro-aboriginal contenders had even worked out which tribe they belonged to etc. And then of course there were the racists who in the past called Doug’s father all sorts of names. It didn’t worry me either way but I always said to Doug that I’d believe it when someone showed me the proof.
Recently the DNA test arrived and was duly returned. A few weeks later we learned that Doug has predominantly UK background, We are now getting emails from the Genebase people advising the name of any person they find with 17/20 matching markers. So far Doug is related to a Paul Donaldson and a Kenneth Hawley, although these names are approximately 50 generations removed, its all very intriguing. In the meantime both he and the girls are still giggling. “We are all Poms! just like mum they’re saying.
Doug and his four little ‘poms’ 1985 in Mildura. L to R Anita, Yvette, Meredith and Fiona.