Family reunited with treasure

Reunited: The Berryman family from Ballarat, which now lives in Melbourne, will have their family treasure returned by a Canberra tip shop.

Reunited: The Berryman family from Ballarat, which now lives in Melbourne, will have their family treasure returned by a Canberra tip shop.

A TALE of history, motherly love and lost treasure has just unfolded between Ballarat and a rubbish tip all the way up in Canberra.

Sandie and Charlie Bigg-Wither own the Green Shed, a tip shop in Canberra. One object however made a big impression on Sandie – a beautiful, tiny Bible inscribed to a Ballarat soldier all the way back in 1915.

The Bigg-Withers spoke to media and mentioned the Bible, which was inscribed with faded cursive handwriting saying: “From Mother, Nov 11th 1915 On his departure from Australia”.

The mother included her name and address in the Bible – M. Berryman from High Street, Ballarat.

Mrs Bigg-Wither told The Courier the Berryman descendants, who now live in Melbourne, contacted them and will be reunited with their family treasure.

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