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Evans Head News

Wedding ring found against all odds

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Anthony Komselis and Aaron Warboys with the lost wedding ring

Wedding ring found against all odds

 

By Samantha Elley

Most people would think if they lost their wedding ring in the waves at the beach, that would be the last time they saw it.

Anthony and Candice Komselis had that thought when they watched Anthony’s ring fall into the water at Main Beach, Evans Head.

“My husband has been on a health kick and lost some weight,” said Candice.

“The ring was loose on his finger so I said I’d hold it while he went for a swim.”

As Anthony handed the ring to his wife, it went through her fingers and dropped into the sand.

“It was gone in 12 seconds,” Candice said.

“We started hunting for it and people on the beach were looking for it as well.”

The water was coming in so they decided to come back at low tide and have another look.

“When we went back we ran into Aaron Worboys who walked onto the beach with a metal detector,” said Candice.

“We told him about the wedding ring and he said he’d give it a crack.

“We left him to it as we didn’t expect him to look for it or even find it.

“We had given up finding the ring.”

The couple had been married in 2015 and regularly visited Evans Head for their holidays.

“I’ve been coming here since I was a baby and my parents live here now so we were down from Brisbane for the Christmas holidays,” said Candice.

“I thought it was a terrible way to end our time in Evans.”

Aaron Worboys lives in Ballina and is retired from the army.

He had taken up metal detecting as a way to enjoy his days.

“(Metal detecting) allows me to spend hours a day on the beach enjoying the sunshine,” he said

“It also helps with my mental health as it’s very relaxing.”

Anthony Komselis and Aaron Warboys

Anthony Komselis and Aaron Warboys

On the day Aaron met the Komselis family he had been having a morning coffee with his partner discussing where he should go with his metal detector.

“I had a feeling that I needed to go to Evans and I couldn’t ignore a ‘gut feeling’ I get sometimes and just had to follow it,” he said.

“I’ve returned many watches, phones and jewellery in the past.”

So when Anthony and Candice asked Aaron to search for their wedding ring, it was a no-brainer.

“We found out after that he was down at the beach at 4am and it took him seven hours to find the ring,” said Candice.

“By this time we had posted on the Evans Head Notice Board on Facebook that we had lost the ring and suddenly the whole community rallied.”

What the Komselises didn’t know was Aaron had posted on the same Facebook page about finding the ring and many locals were tagging both Aaron and the Komselis family to see if the ring was theirs.

It was.

“We went over to Ballina to pick it up and he told us he had found the ring far out in the surf and under three inches of sand,” said Candice.

“Without Aaron and his metal detector we would never have found it.”

Aaron suggested to the couple that Anthony either get the ring resized or put the weight back on.

“This has been a much nicer end to the holiday,” said Candice.

You can follow Aaron’s metal detecting adventures on his Facebook page ‘Byron and beyond metal detecting’.

 

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Memorial to prawning birthplace

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Old photo of Pawning in Evans Head

Memorial to prawning birthplace

 

By Samantha Elley

A $10,000 donation from the Sydney Fish Markets has made it possible for a monument to be raised in recognition of the early fishing industry and community of Evans Head.

“The fishermen approached me in 2017 (as) they wanted to have a reunion at Evans Head because this is where the birth of the school prawn industry began,” said Evans Head Living Museum vice president, Lillian Colless.

“I approached the  committee and we all agreed to hold the very first Australian Fishermen’s Reunion, which was a huge success.

Old photo of Pawning in Evans Head

Lester Cribb and Brikky Aleckson with friends on one of the trawlers.

“At the reunion The Sydney Fish Markets donated $10,000 towards a monument for the recognition of the Evans Head Fishing Industry’s contribution.”

After the establishment of the industry in the late 1940s, the prawning boats were bringing in up to 6,000 lbs or 2,700kgs of prawns per day in the 1950s-60s, according to Lillian.

“In those days we had over 70 trawlers working out of the river,” she said.

“Today we only have two trawlers.”

In the hey day of the industry, prawns were packed in wooden boxes lined with newspaper transported to Casino railway station, then sent by train to the Sydney Fish Markets at Woolloomooloo.

Montgomery Bay 1977 pawning Evans Head

Montgomery Bay 1977 Evans Head

Organisation for a second fishermen’s reunion is underway and it will include a very special event.

“Our second reunion will be held on the 24th and 25th February 2024,” said Lillian.

“The opening will be the unveiling of the monument at 11am on the verge of the grass in front of the old co-op site on the north side of the river just past the RSL Memorial Garden.”

After the unveiling there will be a brunch at the museum.

Saturday night will be the official dinner to be held at the RSL Club for $40 per person.

Recent photo of the Seaview at the pawning Evans Head Co-op wharf

Recent photo of the Seaview at the Evans Head Co-op wharf

Sunday lunch will be held at the Fishermen’s Co-Op at 12 pm with a blessing of the fleet.

The Evans Head Living Museum will be open for most of the weekend, with all new fishing displays.

The monument is currently being built in stone by Monumental Masons in Lismore.

If you would like to know more about the reunion, contact the Evans Head Living Museum on 6682 6410 Wed-Fri 10am to 1pm or Lillian Colless on 0438 885 567.

To provide some financial assistance for the Fishermen’s Memorial banking details are Summerland Credit Union BSB: 728-728, account name: TEHLMI, account: 22244094. Reference: Fishermen’s Memorial. The Evans Head Living Museum Inc is a registered charity and any donations made are tax deductible.

 

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EVANS HEAD – CASINO S.L.S.C. Charity Bowls Day

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EVANS HEAD - CASINO S.L.S.C. Charity Bowls Day

EVANS HEAD – CASINO S.L.S.C.
Charity Bowls Day
SUNDAY
7TH JANUARY
2024
$15.00
Entry per person

BBQ Lunch
Raffles
Barefoot Bowls

Early Bird Session 10:00AM – 11:45AM Afternoon Session 12:30PM – 2:45PM
Teams of 4 or single entry

Register at Evans Head Bowling Club Registration closes 30 minutes before session start

Fun for everyone

All money raised goes to our local Surf Life Saving Club. And remember, always swim between the flags.

 

EVANS HEAD - CASINO S.L.S.C. Charity Bowls Day

EVANS HEAD – CASINO S.L.S.C.
Charity Bowls Day

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Christmas in Wonderland at the Bowlo

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Backyard Sessions Evans Head Bowlo

Christmas in Wonderland at the Bowlo

 

Backyard Sessions is a not-for-profit organisation that began transforming backyards into vibrant hubs for live entertainment within restrictions during COVID.

This year, the organisation is celebrating the festive season with a special Christmas in Wonderland theme, and for the first time, it’s a free community event!

It is a significant milestone as they celebrate their new home at The Bowlo, Evans Head.

This will be the third annual Backyard Sessions event, a tradition they plan to continue.

Backyard Sessions Evans Head Bowlo

Backyard Sessions Evans Head Bowlo

Event Details:

  • Date: December 16, 2023
  • Time: Starting from 12 noon
  • Venue: The Bowlo, Evans Head

Entertainment Line-up:

  • 12 noon – In The Flowers Disco
  • 3:15pm – local recording artist JESA
  • 4:30pm – Into the wild with the Wildlife Twins
  • 5:15pm – JESA
  • 6:45pm – Lisa Hunt & Faeya Flow Fire Show

Line Up For the Kids:

  • Meet and greet with Santa and his Disney friends.
  • Don’t miss our favorite Australian Wildlife warriors The Wildlife Twins, face painting, fun inflatables and lots of laughs!!

“Christmas in Wonderland is not just an event; it’s a celebration of community, music, and the spirit of Christmas,” said Lyndall Murray, Founder of Backyard Sessions.

“We’re excited to host this as a free event for the first time. We’re especially thrilled to have Lisa Hunt gracing our stage, bringing her incredible energy and talent to Evans Head.”

 

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