Local mother and daughter try to reunite lost Riverina history

After a lucky find in an op shop, local mother and daughter Louise Clayton and Tegan Ellis are on the hunt to restore some Riverina treasure, and they need your help.

After stumbling across a pouch which used to hold the commemorative scissors from the opening of the Hume Bridge in 1930, the pair are determined to reunite the artefacts so they can be donated to the Gunning & District Historical Society.

Tegan said that they knew instantly it was a piece of the local history.

“Simply because when we found it at the op shop and bought it, we saw the writing on the front, we knew it wasn’t a piece of rubbish,” she said.

 She said they took on this challenge to “to try and enlighten the area that the Hume’s Creek Bridge was a part of their history”. 

On September 27, 1930, more than 120 people attended the official opening ceremony of the Hume’s Creek Bridge.

The cost of the bridge was about £2,237, which was partially funded by the residents of the locality according to the local paper of the time, the Goulburn Evening Penny Post.

Giving Sherlock Holmes and John Watson a run for their money, with some help from the CSU archivists, the pair did some digging into the origins of the scissors by researching, W.Jno. Baker Pty. Ltd, the supplier. To the best of their ability they matched it to a pair from a 1939 catalogue. 

JNO BAKER CATALOGUE 1939: 7694 - Household quality steel, nickel-plated. 4in. overall, 6/-; 5in., 7/-; 6in. 8/6 each. Image: National Library of Australia

JNO BAKER CATALOGUE 1939: 7694 - Household quality steel, nickel-plated. 4in. overall, 6/-; 5in., 7/-; 6in. 8/6 each. Image: National Library of Australia

If you have a pair that’s been around forever and it fits the description please contact Louise and Tegan at trevewood1@bigpond.com

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