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Gold Fob

Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:32 pm
by whitehunter
Found this beaut 15k gold fob on Monday , still buzzin ! Keep those coils swinging .

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Re: Gold Fob

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:19 pm
by Philski
Awesome find.

if your interested. Richard Sykes AIF Service Number was 673
he is a copy of his attestation papers from 100 years ago.

He was 44 years years old when he enlisted in the AIF. Im trying to find out if he is the same Sykes that had a claim and mined on the South Bank of Bell Mountain goldfield at Sykes workings. if its the same person? i bet he would be very happy you found it.
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Source: http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/bro ... rds/421647

Re: Gold Fob

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:17 pm
by whitehunter
Thanks Phil , a member on AMDRU also supplied his enlistment papers . I have found some more family details on the net as well , i don't seem to be able to find many relatives at all . He died in 1958 , his wife died in January 1916 and he enlisted November 1916 , he may have been very depressed at the time and it may have contributed to his being discharged as prematurely senile . His only child died in 1985 , she married a W.T. Todd but i have not been able to find out if they had any children . He did describe himself as a mining manager so may well be linked to the area you mention .

Re: Gold Fob

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:59 am
by junkhunter
Old post i know , but i thought that some may be interested that i donated the fob medallion to the Queen Vic. Museum in Launceston . It now can be viewed by request in the WW1 collection . I felt that the people who presented it to Mr Sykes must have respected him greatly and that it wasn't right to be sitting in my private collection . I was also worried that in the event of a burg. some scumbag might just melt it down .

Re: Gold Fob

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:12 pm
by Dave79
Nice, he obviously had a lot of respect from his local community. That was an awesome find and a great gesture in donating it for all.