South Coast war photos looking for a home

A former Warilla resident is on a mission to reunite a World War II-era photo album with its rightful owner.

Jessica Baker, who now lives in Rockhampton, found the album 10 years ago in a caravan her parents had given her for her 16th birthday.

‘‘I really want to find out where it belongs, it needs to go home,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m not sure why it was in the caravan all those years ago.’’

On Anzac Day, Ms Baker shared images of the album on social media in an attempt to find the owner.

‘‘Until now, I didn’t know how to go about finding the family,’’ she said.

‘‘Social media has improved now so I thought my chances of it finding its way back home are greatly improved.’’

The photos are dated from between 1938 and 1942, and show soldiers preparing to leave for war, and a man fishing.

There are also photos that appear to be from during the war in the Pacific.

One caption reads: ‘‘Taken at top of Bald Hill South Coast looking towards Austinmer and Stanmore [sic] Park Beach in foreground, January 1939’’.

Two names are mentioned on the photos, a Jenny Bailey and a Mr A. S. Brissett, with an address of 97 Ernest Street, Lakemba.

‘‘For me, having my own family, something like that is irreplaceable,’’ Ms Baker said.

‘‘I thought what better day than Anzac Day to bring it out.’’

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