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Watchmaker “Alive” in Queensland HOLZMINDEN (Lower Saxony)

A young watchmaker who disappeare­d from here in 1912 and was believed dead by police, has “turned up” in Toowoomba, Queensland. The watchmaker, Willy Brandes, disclosed his whereabout­s when he posted Christmas greetings in a Holzminden newspaper. The greetings said: A very Merry Christmas to all my old friends in the hope of an early reunion.” The advertisem­ent staggered elderly townspeopl­e, including police who had marked Willy’s file, “Missing, believed dead,” after a 10 year search. In a letter to Holzminden Mayor, Wilhelm Jeep, Willy said he had been in Toowoomba since he left Germany as a merchant seaman in 1912. He told Jeep that he had worked as a farm-hand and was now the manager of a Toowoomba Town Club.

Northern Star, December 22, 1952

Toowoomba Beaten at Draughts

An interestin­g draughts match was played on Saturday night at the Town Hall between the Pittsworth Club and a Toowoomba combinatio­n. The visitors scored a handsome win thanks to recent practice, but although the Toowoomba players went down on this occasion they hope to make a better stand when the return match is shortly played at Pittsworth. The country players won by 27 games to 19. Twelve boards were in use, and 24 players took part.

Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs Gazette, July 2, 1923

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