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2 March, 2022

A few interesting historical finds

Mount Molar resident Merrilyn Strohfeldt has been digging around her property and has uncovered some historical artefacts that date back over 100 years.

Merrilyn Strohfeldt holding a wedding ring that she found in the horse paddock. Who did it belong to? Was it lost? Left behind?

Although Ms Strohfeldt has owned the property for a few years, she said it is only recently she has been able to unearth the old items as she retired late last year.

“I’ve found them just beneath the ground and on the surface,” she said.

The searching is mostly by hand but also includes the use of a metal detector from time to time.

Ms Strohfeldt said the items date from as far back as the early to mid 1800s.

The finds include vases, cutlery, glassware, coins, keys and shotgun cartridges that are marked Alvey Bros London.

Ms Strohfeldt said she has been doing her own research to find out more about what was buried in her backyard, so to speak.

She has been consulting the internet to investigate and has found River Thames mudlarking sites useful to find the age of items.

Groups of people scour the banks of the River Thames in London hunting for artefacts that could be hundreds or even thousands of years old.

For now, she is storing the collection at home, which is turning into its own little museum exhibit, the output of amateur archeology in the spirit of the show Time Team.

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