Auction uncovers military treasure
JOHN Meyers could not believe his luck.
He got exactly what he was looking for, snatching up some WWI memorabilia at an antique auction at Maryborough City Hall yesterday.
Mr Meyers, from Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum, went home with a collection of family letters and photographs of members of Australia’s 18th Battalion.
But it was not the collection he was after; just one piece of history linked to a war veteran he has been researching for years.
The signature of Lieutenant Marjason, who died at Gallipoli in August 1915, was scrawled among those of comrades on a photograph dated only months before his death on June 25, 1915.
The black and white image was of the ship Ceramic which carried the 18th Battalion into WWI.
Mr Meyers paid the bargain basement price of $450 for the war memorabilia which will be on display at the Maryborough museum from today.
Mr Meyers was just one of a room full of Fraser Coast residents who turned out to the auction held by NSW-based Orange Collectable Auctions.
Although the morning started slowly it did not take long before purse strings were loosened and bids were made.
Among the items fought over were Royal Doulton chinaware, crystal decanters, rare issue Japanese occupation postage stamps, leadlight lamps, vintage chairs, wooden dowry chests, a 1920s manicure set and gold brooches.
The cost of the items ranged; the cheapest was a plate given away free while the most expensive was a Victorian games table sold for $3600.
Auction house owner Garry Poore said about 50 per cent of the items sold over the three hours, which he considered successful.
He said the majority of products were from estates in Sydney and Brisbane and generally suited Maryborough’s heritage homes.
The company plans on returning to the city about May.