Gems unearthed at Allora auction
NOEL Fuller was one of thousands of treasure hunters who rummaged through the Allora Community Auction yesterday, with the Gold Coast bidder keen to nab this historic safe.
The Harris Goodwin and Co safe of Birmingham and London – estimated to be about 200 years old – caught the eye of plenty of bidders and appeared to have a mysterious history showing marks of robbery.
“It has been drilled into – that is how they used to be robbed years ago,” Mr Fuller explained.
He scored it for the bargain price of $500 to add to his collection of 47 safes which he will restore to have for his children in the future.
“It would be nice to know the history of it and where it came from,” Mr Fuller said.
“In the world today you don’t find things like that... the reality is once it is sold today you might not see another one for years.”
In its second year under the control of the Allora Show Society, president Shirley Cornhill said it was another great event, however it appeared a few people didn’t get out of bed early as they scurried through the gates mid-morning.
“There are an awful lot of people coming through (mid-morning) – it’s been a great day so far which couldn’t happen without our volunteers, buyers and venders,” Mrs Cornhill said.
For regular visitors it was great auction weather as the wind was lighter compared to previous years and the predicted rain held off for a great day of fossicking.
Volunteer Louise Cox said there were more than 2300 lots filled and the bidders were expected to be about 900 with visitors as far as Western Australia.
Phyllis Hurley couldn’t imagine being anywhere else on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and always came away with a bargain.
“I come every year, it is a great day out and you always find something – it’s amazing what you can find,” Mrs Hurley said.
Denise Tidbury came from North Rockhampton to see what the day was all about and sold a number of their old items.
“I just bought a guitar for my grandson for $20 – it’s his birthday,” Mrs Tidbury said.