Van Johns inspects the Aboriginal hand axe he donated to Unndennoo Kindergarten at Maryborough.
Van Johns inspects the Aboriginal hand axe he donated to Unndennoo Kindergarten at Maryborough.

Things you find at a garage sale

IT WAS lying among a rock collection at a local garage sale but Van Johns knew the stone was something special.

The Maryborough man grew up on Thursday Island and says “I knew what I was looking at”. So he snapped up the bargain and this week donated it to the Unndennoo Kindergarten at Maryborough.

“It's a hand axe which the Aborigines used to cut small saplings,” he said.

“I believe it was from the local area.

“It must have taken a long time to shape the rock with such a fine edge.”

Mr Johns decided to share the artefact with the kindergarten so the children could learn more about their indigenous culture.

“My daughter's children went to Unndennoo and they loved going each day,” he said.

“They teach the kids Aboriginal words and a bit about their heritage.

“This won't go to waste there.”



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