RETURNING HOME: Biggenden Historical Society president Christine Holder with clock collector Paul Ninnes at Saturday’s Dallarnil clearance sale.
RETURNING HOME: Biggenden Historical Society president Christine Holder with clock collector Paul Ninnes at Saturday’s Dallarnil clearance sale. Erica Murree

Antique clock returns home to Dallarnil

AN ANTIQUE clock up for auction at a Dallarnil clearance sale has found its way back home.

The drop-trunk clock in question once hung on the wall of the Paradise Police Station.

The back of the clock is inscribed with the signature of CA Brown and the date 13/10/91, which was actually the year of 1891.

It bought some spirited bidding from an enthusiastic crowd topping $1500 in less than two minutes before selling for $2000.

For Biggenden Historical Society president Chris Holder there were a few anxious moments when she thought the clock had slipped through her fingers.

Mrs Holder said the bidding process was exhausting but exciting.

"I am so pleased this piece of our history is back in its rightful place," she said.

"This is so important to our committee is because part of the courthouse at Paradise is now our museum.

"It was transferred to Biggenden for a police station but when a new one was built, the building was shifted across the road for our use."

Paradise was once a gold mining town and at its peak had a population of 2000, seven hotels, numerous stores and government offices.

Auctioneer Matt Beer said it was great the clock stayed in the area.

"It's where it should be," he said.

Mrs Holder said another interested party on the day was Paul Ninnes of Maryborough who is a clock collector.

"He has given me the name of a restorer so we can get it up and running," she said.


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