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Message in a Bottle

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Nathan, E, Message in a Bottle, Meanjin, Melbourne University Press, Australia, Spring (2017) [Magazine Article]


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Abstract

Treasures found, opportunity lost to deep waters

In the breezy profession of beachcombing it is true that what is treasure to some is mere dross to others. When the find is a message in a bottle obscured by driftwood at the high-tide mark, there can be no dispute. Messages of forlorn love, of secrets long held, impending maritime disaster and more take leave of one hand to ride the ocean, to beach and lie dormant, until plucked by anotherís in an act of revivification. There is always the delicious possibility that the sender will, with the help of intermediaries, unite with the intended finder. When I discovered a stash of letters and maps from treasure finders, buried and quite forgotten in a secure Hobartian vault, I was surprised that the senders did not share the findersí excitement.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:message in a bottle, ocean, currents, archives
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Understanding Past Societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's Past
Author:Nathan, E (Dr Erica Nathan)
ID Code:126492
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Student Experience
Deposited On:2018-06-14
Last Modified:2018-06-14
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