Monday, 20 July 2015

Waratah - bottle message found on Waratah beach.

The Brisbane Courier (QLD) Tuesday 8 October, 1910
A SILLY HOAX.
BOTTLE PICKED UP.
SUPPOSED MESSAGE FROM A
WARATAH PASSENGER.
The Deputy Postmaster General has received the following message from Melbourne -Postmaster Foster advises:
Mr. C. M'Lennon, National Park Rangeron Wilson's Promontory, reported by telephone to me from Darby Test House this morning that he found a bottle on the Waratah Beach, near the mouth of the Darby River, at 4 p m on Thursday, which had just been washed ashore. The cork was much worn, and the bottle appeared to have been some time in the water.
It contained the following message -'Atsea latitude 40 south SS Waratahbroke down August 23, 1909, driftingsouth. All well but anxious. Engineersbusy - J G Jones, passenger. I doubtif this will be picked up. If so, write toMrs J G Jones, 28 George street, Sydney. ' "
SYDNEY, October 7
The steamer Waratah's agents regardthe message found at Wilson's Promontory as silly hoax. The passenger listdoes not include "J G Jones," and thepolice are unable to trace the "Mrs JG Jones, George street, Sydney," mentioned in the message.

As cruel as these hoaxes might have been, there is a strange, bizarre irony that the weathered bottle was picked on Waratah beach.



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