50-year-old message in a bottle washed up in Australia
The British author of a 50-year-old message in a bottle that washed up on an Australian beach has been found – and is at sea again.
South Australian man Paul Elliot and his son Jyah told ABC radio they found the bottle on the Eyre Peninsula’s west coast recently while fishing.
Elliot said he was looking for the author, Paul Gilmore, who described himself in the note as a 13-year-old English boy travelling on a ship along the southern Australian coast from Fremantle to Melbourne.
The note is handwritten on paper with Sitmar Line’s company name at the top and is dated 17 November 1969.
A then 13-year-old Paul Gilmore threw his message over the side of a ship on 17 November 1969, as he and his family were emigrating to Australia.
The message was found this week by Paul Elliott and his nine-year-old son Jyah on Talia Beach in South Australia.
The boy’s mother, Carla Elliott, said he was “so excited”, though he initially worried it might be a fake.
Ms Elliott posted an image of the letter on Facebook to try and locate Mr Gilmore, said the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
“It’s amazing, absolutely incredible,” she told the Australian broadcaster. “He’ll be chuffed to bits.”