Jane Eales

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Jane Eales


Jane Eales was born in London and adopted into a family with a German refugee father, a British mother and a seven year old son.  She grew up in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) and when she was 18 she left home to live in Johannesburg, South Africa. A year later, Jane was told that she had been adopted as a 5 week old baby in London. This information was new to her and she was the only member of the family not to know.

She married in Oxford, England, and after she and her husband returned to South Africa, she was encouraged by her husband to attend university. She studied social work.  In 1980, wishing to leave Apartheid behind, the family moved to Sydney Australia.  Not long after this, the eldest of their three children was diagnosed with a disability. His health deteriorated markedly as he entered adolescence and in 1990, Jane began to search for her biological family. It took fifteen years to find them. Using an intermediary in 2005, she met her half-brother for the first time at Canary Wharf in London and received a genuinely warm welcome.

Thus began an amazing journey of discovery. Flooded with information, and as a way of making sense of everything, she began to write. As layers upon layers of her family history emerged, she was often asked ‘why don’t you write a book?’ Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs is the result. There was another unexpected outcome of her search for identity: in 2008, Jane began to draw and paint. This has since become a much loved source of peace and joy. (See www.janeeales.com)

Writing has always been an important part of her work with a number of her articles being published in professional social work journals and presented at conferences.

Outside of work, she recently submitted an article about her experience of adoption to the Australian Journal of Adoption (see link below).

Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs is her first book.

Jane and her husband continue to live in Sydney with their children, grandchildren and friends.

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