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When X really does mark the spot … or the boundary

Peter Mayes of Petersham went into a post office recently to buy stamps for mailing out Christmas cards, many to send to friends overseas who collect stamps. “The very helpful young lady had no problem with $3.20 overseas, nor for $2.50 reduced rate, but there were major problems for some heavier items. $13.60 and $8.30 were really a challenge. Somewhat ironically the lady said, ‘Sorry sir, we’re not used to this as we don’t sell stamps anymore’.”

More tales of post office sleuthing (C8). “Every year in the 1950s my father would receive a Christmas card addressed to ‘Bill Bailey, Leading Bookmaker, Lithgow NSW’, writes Evan Bailey of Glebe.” Also in the 1950s, Yvonne Molloy of Ashfield recalls a letter arriving for her father at their soldier settler farm on King Island addressed to “Brett Moir, farming somewhere in Bass Strait”.

Some years ago Magda Birtus of South Hobart had a student, hailing from Sierra Leone, who received a call from Australia Post (C8) in Hobart city asking her to collect a parcel. “She went in and was handed a large box, addressed as follows: her name, Tasmania, her mobile phone number. She opened it to find a large framed photo of the Grand Mosque in Mecca with the minarets picked out in LED lights. It was quite impressive when plugged in and lit up. The package was from her mother, who lived in Guinea, but had sent this from Mecca, where she had been performing the Hajj.”

Reading about Fish Ann Chips (C8) reminded Rod Allan of Kelso of the Downe family of Parramatta where he grew up. “Dad was called Pop, the mother was Ida and their sons were Bob and Stan.”

“For mine, the dividing line between the lower north shore and the upper north shore (C8) is the aptly named Boundary Street,” writes John Lees of Castlecrag. “That means all of Roseville is upper north shore.”

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