Week two entry for the mystery object competition had a few Daily News staff scratching their heads.
Week two entry for the mystery object competition had a few Daily News staff scratching their heads.

Comp to aid history knowledge

THEY were objects regularly used by our forefathers 150 years ago, yet most of us wouldn’t know the first thing about them – but we’re being encouraged to take a stab.

Each week a historic object was photographed and uploaded on to the Warwick 150th official website as part of a mystery object competition.

As part of 150th celebrations, Warwick residents are being encouraged to put their history hats on and head to the computer for some old fashioned guess work.

All objects have been borrowed from Pringle Cottage and at the end of the competition prizes will be given out to those with the correct answer.

Already four objects are causing a lot of head-scratching among Warwick residents, with a number of weird and wonderful answers being procured online.

This has been certainly the case around the Daily News office, with a number of staff taking a stab at what the objects could be.

Week two’s object had a number of people umming and aahing.

“It looks like some kind of old drill,” said one employee.

“Actually I think it’s a drain auger – if you’ve got a blocked drain it has a long wire at the end that you poke down with.”

Another said she thought it was a fishing reel and after a long consideration another admitted to being stumped.

Warwick 150th committee member Janine Crawford said there had been scores of weird and wonderful entries so far.

“We’d like to encourage as many people as possible to go up to the website and wrack their brains on these mystery objects,” he said.

“It would be fantastic for people to get involved in the history of the area, and get to know what life was like for our forebears.

“These everyday objects show just how different it was then, and how far we’ve come.”

Those responsible for the correct guesses will go into the draw to win a commemorative Warwick 150 years shirt valued at $16.95.

Guesses close Sunday, May 29, and the winners will be drawn that day.

Objects are online for viewing and guess-work at http://www.warwick150.com

Competition

Mystery object competition online at http://www.warwick150.com

Objects have been sourced from Pringle Cottage

Warwick 150th T-shirts, valued at $16.95 to be won

Entries close Sunday May 29, before prize-drawing



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