Historic family photos discovered at Mt Ettalong
A collection of family photos has been discovered at Mt Ettalong and the finder would like to see them returned to their owner.
Mr Phil Toner of Umina was walking at the Mt Ettalong Lookout in June when he came across a box left under the nearby water tower.
Curiosity got the better of him and Mr Toner realised it contained hundreds of family photos.
According to Mr Toner, the photos date from the 1880s and he believes they capture the lives and times of at least four generations of a single family.
He contacted the Peninsula News in the hope that someone might recognise them.
"I'm sure someone out there is missing these photos and I'd like to see them returned if possible," Mr Toner said.
"I've only glimpsed through them, but there are hundreds of photos all depicting what looks like a single family line's history.
"There are photos of World War II Diggers, some Victorian portraits and some from the 1950s and 1970s and that's just what I've guessed so far," he said.
"Either someone left them there by mistake or they were stolen and then dumped.
"That's my guess anyway," he said.
Mr Toner suspects the family came from the Northern Beaches area of Sydney and either owned property on the Peninsula or regularly holidayed in the area.
The owner of the photos may claim back by contacting Peninsula News.
Interview (Dilon Luke), 13 Aug 2019
Phil Toner, Umina
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