A man was taken aback when he discovered a message in a bottle tucked between two walls, depicting life 50 years ago.
A MAN was taken aback after discovering a message in a bottle that had been hidden between walls for 47 years.
During renovations at his home in Newcastle, New South Wales, Matt Streatfeild discovered the letter, which gives a glimpse of life 50 years ago, inside a glass milk bottle.
“You constantly hear about messages in a bottle,” he told NBN News, “but you never think you’ll find one between two walls in your own house.”
The two plasterers who erected the property’s walls wrote the note, which was dated April 5, 1974.
The two authors added information about the transition from imperial to metric measurement systems, as well as the fact that the milk bottle was one of the first to have millimeters printed on the label.
They also stated that they expected a weekly wage of $106 from Newcastle Interior Linings, which is still in business today.
Streatfeild was eventually able to find down Ron Niddrie, 66, one of the note’s authors.
“One of these tiny memories has paid off,” Mr. Niddrie added.
“The fact that it had been 47 years was even more shocking.”
Mr Streatfeild stated that after the wall is rebuilt, he will return the bottle and a personal souvenir.
“When we re-sheet this wall, we’re going to put the old bottle that we found from 1974 with that bit of history on it, and we’ll add our own,” he said.
“Little face mask from 2021, with a little summary of how my life has been for the past several years.”
It’s not the first time someone has stumbled onto a long-lost communication.
A mother uncovered a 100-year-old message in a bottle while scuba diving in June.
Jennifer Dowker discovered the green glass bottle in Michigan’s Cheboygan River.
“Will the person who discovers this bottle bring this paper to George Morrow, Cheboygan, Michigan, and tell me where it was found?” the message said. The month of November 1926.” Experts are mystified by another note that appears to have been hurled from the Titanic’s deck hours before it sank.
“I am dumping this bottle into the sea in the middle of the Atlantic,” writes 12-year-old Mathilde Lefebvre in an intriguing message dated April 13, 1912.
In a few days, we’ll arrive in New York.
“If anyone… Brinkwire Brief News,” says the narrator.