Piece of history found

Thursday, 2nd March, 2017

Hotel owner Steve Sliwka displays the postcards that were discovered beneath the skirting boards of the Old Royal Tavern. Hotel owner Steve Sliwka displays the postcards that were discovered beneath the skirting boards of the Old Royal Tavern.

A discovery at the Old Royal Tavern has uncovered personal items believed to be over a century old. 

While renovating one of the upstairs rooms, workers pulled back the skirting and discovered a treasure trove of items believed belonging to previous owners of the tavern. 

Among the items were postcards that are estimated to be over 100 years old. Current owner, Steve Sliwka says that the postage stamps on the cards indicate that they date back to the late 1800s or early 1900s.

“The postcards are addressed to a Mrs Walpole and there were several owners with that last name between 1899 and 1914,” Mr Sliwka said. 

“It has a South Australian stamp, which means it was sent before the Commonwealth postal system in the early 1900s,” he said. 

Among the other items found were a torn $2 note, an Old Royal lighter, a new year’s card and an old pearl earring.

Renovations are currently underway at the tavern and Mr Sliwka says he wouldn’t be surprised if more lost items turn up along the way. 

“Over the years I have started a collection of the old things I have found in the hotel.

“I am sure that along the way we will find more stuff, so I have told the crew to keep an eye out whenever lifting the floorboards or replacing parts of the walls.”