My name is Ralph John Pownall and I was born in London on the 16th March 1946. My father was a seaman and was born in Marple in Cheshire in 1922. His father Ralph Pownall was a shop keeper and moved to Glossop where my father and his younger brother Ralph grew up. He attended Maccesfield College. My grandparents moved to Australia in early 1939 before the second world war and lived in Nanago, Cooroy and Roma where they were publicans before moving to Brisbane in Queensland. My father returned to England after war broke out when he was about seventeen or eighteen to join up and served in the merchant navy. He married my mother June Emerly Roberts in London at the end of the second world war and they moved to Australia. I would like to make contact with any other Pownalls who might like to share their family history and maybe even have common background links.