A QUEST to record a complete family history has Elliminyt man Cliff Tann searching for long-forgotten names in 75-year-old photos.
The retired dairy farmer and member of the Colac Woodcrafters started working on his family tree in 1970 and has been “working on it ever since”.
Mr Tann finished his father Bill’s side within a year, but he said he was “just tidying up loose ends” on his mother Doris’s side, including finalising details of his maternal uncle Alf Minchinton.
“Alf Minchinton, commonly called Ray, stayed at Colac Hospital for a few years for polio treatment and there’s a photo of him there from 1937,” Mr Tann said.
“There’s a photo of some nurses there, but we don’t know their names,” he said.
Mr Tann said he was eager to discover their names and said he hoped Colac Herald readers could help.
“We tried to get some details through Freedom of Information, but we couldn’t get the names of the nurses,” he said.
“Once we get the names, it will go into the family history, it forms an important part of my uncle’s life because he was there for quite a while.”
Mr Tann said his uncle Alf, who was born in 1920 and died in 1979, was “a delightful, friendly man, happy all of the time”.
“He was in charge of engineering works at Hamilton, and he survived polio due to his tenacity, he made himself an exercise bike and made himself well again,” he said.