The Earl and Countess of Ducie, David and Helen Moreton standing between two locals at the Historical Village.
The Earl and Countess of Ducie, David and Helen Moreton standing between two locals at the Historical Village. Robyne Cuerel

Family relics handed back to Earl

SOME priceless family relics were returned to the Earl of Ducie last night, after a wait of almost a century.

Local law firm Corser, Sheldon and Gordon have held a family Bible and lithograph for the Moreton family for 90 years, which were finally returned to David Moreton at a lavish celebration at Ramada Resort.

Mr Moreton is the seventh Earl of Ducie, after his father Basil gave up farming in Nikenbah and returned to Great Britain to take up the family inheritance.

Basil Moreton left the Fraser Coast with his family in 1954, and David said he was looking forward to finding out some family history from locals who knew his father.

"We have always wanted to come back to visit," he said.

John Anderson, from Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum, said the family Bible dated back to at least 1720.

The lithograph is from 1858, and is of the third Earl of Ducie.

Andrew Dearle, general manager of Ramada in Hervey Bay, said it was a great honour to host the historic event at Smokey Joe's Cafe Bar and Grill.

David and his family were also in town to open an official Earl of Ducie exhibit at the Historical Village and Museum.



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