Treasured brass razoo
GRAHAME Sanderson’s “brass razoo” is worth a whole lot more to him than a brass razoo.
“‘It’s not worth a razoo’ was a saying that came out ofWorldWar One for something valueless,” Mr Sanderson said.
“Then someone in their wisdom decided to mint a coin out of brass because that was the cheapest metal, and the Diggers started saying ‘it’s not worth a brass razoo’.”
It’s a saying his father used a lot after returning from two months in France during the FirstWorldWar.
“He said he was 18 when he was 17 so that he could go, but he only saw two months of war.
“He was always disappointed he couldn’t get away when his mates did who were older,” he said.
“But aren’t I glad about that? Because if he was there any longer, I wouldn’t be here either.”
Mr Sanderson saw brass razoos for sale while holidaying in Tasmania.
“A hundred bucks wouldn’t buy it from me now,” he said.
PRIZED POSSESSION: Grahame Sanderson with his brass razoo.