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Old Barrier Miner found in tree

Wednesday, 1st May, 2019

Kay Purtill with a Barrier Miner from 1971 that had been stuck in a tree for 40 years. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt Kay Purtill with a Barrier Miner from 1971 that had been stuck in a tree for 40 years. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By Emily McInerney

You never know where your newspaper will lob, as Kay Purtill found out after having trees removed from the front of her house in Mercury Street.

Mrs Purtill said that when the trees came down eight years ago, out came an edition of the Barrier Miner dated January 20, 1971.

“I had two pencil pine trees in my front yard and I got them chopped down,” she said.

“When they came down, I saw this newspaper. I saw the date and thought ‘I have to keep this.’”

“I put it away in a safe place and I was cleaning up the other day and came across it,” Mrs Purtill said yesterday.

“You have to be careful opening it. It’s a bit tattered.”

Mrs Purtill said the edition included all the high school exam results from 1970.

“One of the students was my nephew who is now in his 60s and retired.

“It had been in the tree for 40 years.”

On the front page there is a story about “Rain: 13 inches in less than 30 hours - Man dies as floods hit coast” and “Troops’ Saigon deals stir trouble”. 

The local story features a picture of Sally Broadbent, who was 16 at the time and went to St Joseph’s High School.

Sally had to take her exams at the hospital because days before they started she went into have her appendix removed. However, the paper reported, she received Advanced Level Passes in every subject.

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