Blast from the past found

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STEVEN Jones found an ar­tillery shell while metal de­tect­ing near Dixon Road in Rock­ing­ham.

“I metal de­tect as a spare time hobby and I dug an early field gun ar­tillery pro­jec­tile,” he said.

Mr Jones said the shell could be as old as WWI.

“It was prob­a­bly fired at another lo­ca­tion and taken as a sou­venir,” he said.

“This area has been set­tled since the late 1800s. It looked like it had been fired be­cause it was miss­ing the fuse.

“I called po­lice and they handed it over to the bomb dis­posal squad.”

Mr Jones said he had dug up a lot of early relics around Rock­ing­ham and Man­durah. He has do­nated some to go on dis­play at the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum col­lec­tion.

His daugh­ter is also gain­ing an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for metal de­tect­ing.

The ar­tillery pro­jec­tile.

Items Steven Jones found near Dixon Road.

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