Yesterday was Caron Brown’s 45th birthday.
It also marked 45 years since she was abandoned on the steps of the Deniliquin Baby Health Centre as a newborn baby.
With her impending birthday weighing on her, Caron made a trip back to Deniliquin recently to try and find any trace of her biological parents and their families.
With no more information available to her since her last trip to Deniliquin in 2005, she is again appealing to the community for help in her search.
‘‘Until I find out something, I’m not going to stop coming back here and asking,’’ Caron said.
‘‘If anyone has any evidence, all I can ask is that you please come forward.
‘‘It’s difficult for me to ask, especially in a small town, but sometimes you’ve got to do it even though it is hard.
‘‘Any information will be held in the utmost confidence — I just want to know.
‘‘My adopted mother died five years ago, so I’m interested now more than ever about knowing my family.
‘‘It is now becoming an issue because I don’t know my medical history or ancestry.
‘‘I wanted to have my own children but it is just too unsettling.’’
Caron, as a newborn, was left at the Deniliquin Baby Health Centre in Whitelock St on March 5, 1973.
She was found wrapped in blue paper towelling by the sister in charge, Nancy O’Dell, about 9am.
It was believed Caron had been born prematurely, weighing only about 1,800 grams (four pounds), and she was put into a humidicrib at Deniliquin Hospital where the nurses named her ‘baby Michelle’ — which Caron retains as her middle name.
It was reported in the Pastoral Times at the time that investigations to find the baby’s parents conducted by both the Department of Community Services and Deniliquin Police were unsuccessful.
As a result, Caron was made a ward of the state.
She was fostered by the Brown family, who gave her the name Caron and became her legally adopted family once she turned 18.
While she was lucky to stay with the one family throughout her childhood, Caron said being a ward of the state was still a difficult life to lead.
‘‘You basically have the government make your life decisions,’’ she said.
‘‘They come in every month and decide what school you go to.
‘‘I had one foster family during my time in foster care but I went to a lot of schools — but mainly because I had a troublesome brother and (the state) didn’t want me associated with that.’’
As a child, Caron said watching television was her escape.
She said it seems only natural she later pursued a career in the television industry.
Now living in Copacabana on the central coast of NSW, she and husband Alberto Vengoa manage a television production company. Caron also works in sound recording .
‘‘It’ll be 10 years ago this October (we got married),’’ she said.
‘‘He is very supportive, and he knows how important it is to me to find my family.
‘‘He is from a large family, so he allows me to take the time away from the business.’’
While she continues to search for her birth family, Caron said she’s proud to have other family connections in Deniliquin.
‘‘I have a sense of family here,’’ she said.
‘‘My husband Alberto’s sister married Barry Greaves, a brother of Maria Strongman.
‘‘When I came down here 12 years ago they (Maria and her husband Peter) were kind enough to let me stay with them.’’
Anyone who can help Caron get in touch with her biological parents or their families is asked to contact her on 0433337687 or write to PO Box 903, Artarmon, NSW 2064.