Three prints by one of the Bega Valley's most well-known artists, Shirley Hannan, have been returned after they were discovered in a jumble sale in Brisbane.
The story is one of coincidences and the tenacity of a Brisbane woman Robyn Carmichael, who wanted to see the prints in their rightful setting.
It was Saturday, May 13 when Ms Carmichael went to a fete at her children's school, Ashgrove, something she hadn't managed to do for 10 years as she and her husband run a wedding car business that is always busy on Saturdays.
"I saw these lovely prints at the humble jumble stall, dirty, dusty and covered in cobwebs. The penmanship was so beautiful and I thought there's a whole story in this," Ms Carmichael said.
Despite her daughter's pleas that there was no place for them at home, Ms Carmichael was drawn to the prints and discovered they were selling for a mere $2 each.
The prints with Hannan's name, the date of 1979 and the word Kameruka had Ms Carmichael hitting the search button for answers which resulted in her making contact with Sandy Macqueen who runs the Friends of Holy Trinity group for the Sapphire Coast Anglican Parish.
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Mr Macqueen admitted he was excited by the find especially as this year Holy Trinity Church at Kameruka, which is featured in one of the prints, is 150 years old.
On Saturday at a special service at the church to celebrate its 150 years, the three prints were handed over by Ms Carmichael who had travelled from Brisbane to attend.
"It was a pleasant journey for me to be part of this and I am so pleased to see these prints returned to their home," she said.
The last members of the Lucas Tooth family to own Kameruka estate, Odile and Frank Foster received the print of the estate clock tower, current owners of the estate Michelle and Barry Moffitt received a print of the estate gatehouse and the print of Holy Trinity Church was given to church warden Max Thompson, who will hang it in the church.
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