PHOTO OWNER FOUND
ELEANOR Torta couldn’t believe it when a portrait of her ancestors suddenly appeared on her Facebook newsfeed.
The last place the 78-year-old woman from Home Hill, in North Queensland, expected to see a photo of her grandparents, Thomas Jones and Amelia Jones (nee Ellis), was on a Granite Belt lost items page.
Stanthorpe-based historian Leisa Cearney discovered the framed photograph at the tip and decided to share it on social media. The image was shared more than 800 times and reached an audience of nearly 50,000 before Mrs Torta reached out to Ms Cearney.
“It’s like karma, some things are meant to happen,” Mrs Torta said.
“I’ve been doing the family tree for years, we were just about to put it onto discs.
“I had a cousin... she’d come up to visit and we were going through all the photo albums.
“That night on Facebook I saw this photo and couldn’t believe it.”
Mrs Torta said the Jones and Ellis families were predominately located around Ayr in North Queensland, and Dubbo New South Wales, however she had one cousin who lived in Stanthorpe until recently.
She suspected the photograph was discarded before the cousin moved to Dubbo.
“She liked Stanthorpe so much and had friends there,” Mrs Torta said.
“She liked it so much she only would have left when
❝ It’s like karma, some things are meant to happen.
— Eleanor Torta
she had to leave.”
Mrs Torta is working with Ms Cearney to bring the portrait to North Queensland.
As the image has a dome surfaced glass, Mrs Torta and Ms Cearney were reluctant to send the image in the post.
Coincidentally, Ms Cearney is headed to Toowomba in the next few days where she will meet up with another relative of Mrs Torta who will pass the image to another family member who makes the 1450km drive between Brisbane and North Queensland semi-regularly.
“It’s just a strange, strange coincidence,” Mrs Torta said. “It’s as if my grandparents wanted to get back to me.”
REUNITED: Eleanor Torta shared old photos of her grandparents, whose portrait has just been discovered in the Stanthorpe dump shop.
This portrait was discovered at the Stanthorpe tip.