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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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

RE­UNITED: Eleanor Torta shared old pho­tos of her grand­par­ents, whose por­trait has just been dis­cov­ered in the Stan­thorpe dump shop.

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

This por­trait was dis­cov­ered at the Stan­thorpe tip.

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