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Man surprised to find a message in a bottle hidden between the walls that gives a snapshot of life 50 years ago

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A MAN has been stunned after finding a message in a bottle that was hidden between the walls for 47 years.

Matt Streatfeild discovered the letter, which offers a snapshot of what life was like 50 years ago, inside a glass milk bottle, during renovations at his home in Newcastle, New South Wales.


The message was found inside a 1974 glass milk bottle.Credit: NBN News
The note gives an insight into life in Australia 50 years ago.


The note gives an insight into life in Australia 50 years ago.Credit: NBN News

He said NBN News: “You always hear the legend of the messages in a bottle, but you never think that you will find one between two walls of your own house.”

The note, dated April 5, 1974, was written by the two plasterers who built the property’s walls.

The two writers included notes on converting from imperial to metric measuring system and even noted that the milk bottle itself was one of the first to have millimeters on the label.

They added that they expected a weekly salary of $ 106 from Newcastle Interior Linings, a company that still exists today.

Streatfeild was finally able to locate one of the writers on the note, 66-year-old Ron Niddrie.

Mr. Niddrie said: “One of these little memories has paid off.

“The fact that it was 47 years ago was even more shocking.”

Streatfeild said he will return the bottle and a keepsake of his own once the wall is rebuilt.

“When we re-laminate this wall, we will put the old bottle that we found in 1974 with that piece of history, and we will add our own,” he said.

“Small mask of 2021 and a small description of how life has been in recent years”.

It is not the first time that someone with luck has discovered a message from so long ago.

In June, a mother discovered a 100-year-old message in a bottle while diving.

Jennifer Dowker came across the green glass bottle in the Cheboygan River in Michigan, USA.

The note read: “Will the person who finds this bottle return this paper to George Morrow, Cheboygan, Michigan and tell where it was found? November 1926.”

Another message that appears to have been released from the deck of the Titanic hours before it sank has left experts baffled.

The intriguing note, dated April 13, 1912, was written by 12-year-old Mathilde Lefebvre and reads: “I am throwing this bottle into the sea in the middle of the Atlantic. We arrived in New York in a few days.

“If anyone finds it, tell the Lefebvre family in Liévin.”

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