50-year-old message in bottle dug up in Queens Park
QUEENS Park is the last place you would expect to find a decades-old message in a bottle.
But that is exactly where Toowoomba man Chad Parker found the 49-year-old hidden treasure.
It wasn't a genie in a bottle but it was the next best thing.
A message from two friends Tod Trowel and Bul Bolster, was written and buried in a slab of concrete on May 19, 1967.
The message was simple, it just stated their names, the date it was buried and it told the finder to have a day's rest in lieu of finding the note.
Mr Parker works for CSR Earthworks and last Thursday he was digging up concrete at the top end of Queens Park, in preparation for new council sheds, when he found an old Johnny Walker bottle sticking out of the slab.
Mr Parker said it was surreal finding something buried so long ago.
"I had no idea how it wasn't broken because we were hammering into the concrete," he said.
"It wasn't until I got home that I realised there was a message inside.
"It had an old cork in the top which I had to gently smash out and then it took a bit of effort to get the message out. It wasn't rolled up tight, it was just loose in there so I had to pull it out without tearing it.
"I used a few tools to twist it out gently. It was a bit of drama but fun at the same time."
Mr Parker wants to find the message writers or someone who may know them.
"Obviously the names are fake - Tod has used the last name Trowel, which is what you dig up concrete with so that won't be his last name," he said.
"I'm guessing they made up the last names but not the first names."
"There is a small possibility that someone may know about it. I want to see if these guys are still alive or if someone else knows about it.
"They've probably been at work just joking around and thought it would be funny to bury a note. It's pretty cool that almost 50 years later I've accidentally found it."
The message's last sentence advises the finder to take a paid day off work as a reward for finding the note.
Coincidentally, Mr Parker had to take a paid day off work the following day.
"I had to go to Brisbane for the day on Friday. So without meaning to I did what the message said - which was weird," he said.
If you know anything about the letter phone Chad on 0405160504.