BACK in January a good citizen handed into Narooma police a camera that had been found at Bar Beach.
The police, in an effort to find the owner, asked the Narooma News to publish one of the photos found in the camera – a couple apparently on holiday - in the hope of finding the owner. But no-one came forward.
Then one of our enterprising officers noticed a car number plate that appeared to come from the UK – Sussex or Essex.
So our police emailed their counterparts in the English counties, and the news came back that the Old Bill had indeed found the owner of the car, a woman who worked for the Essex Council.
Problem was that while the car in the photo certainly belonged to this lady, she had never been to Australia, never mind lost a camera here.
While she was talking to the police she turned to a colleague, mentioned what the call was about, and more or less as a joke asked her friend – who had just come back from a holiday in Australia – if she had lost a camera over there.
“In fact, yes I did,” her friend said, “in Narooma.”
A quick check on the Narooma News website confirmed that yes, the photo we published did come from her camera, and young Sarah Edwards from London is now back in possession of her very well-travelled camera – and the world has just got a tiny bit smaller.