OLD GOLD: Mark Gallagher, of Lawrence, with the gold Elgin fob watch that he found while diving in the Clarence River
OLD GOLD: Mark Gallagher, of Lawrence, with the gold Elgin fob watch that he found while diving in the Clarence River

Diver strikes old gold near wharf

By ADRIAN MILLER

MARK GALLAGHER has been diving around the Lawrence wharf looking for bottles and assorted knick-knacks ever since he was a kid.

He's found plenty of them before, too, but never anything like he found last week.

In three to four metres of water, Mr Gallagher found a gold watch encrusted with seven jewels and a diamond.

He also found a gold diamond ring, set with three diamonds cut with six facets.

Mr Gallagher said what made the watch special was the engraving on its back.

"It was presented to a bloke called P. McCaffry in 1912 who was the secretarytreasurer of the Newtown Pas- time Club in 1912," he said.

"It also says the watch was made in Kentucky, America."

Mr Gallagher said although he had never found anything like it previously, it wasn't astonishing.

"It's not really surprising because it was the biggest port on the river years ago, so you find all sorts of stuff down there," he said.

He said he was trying to find anyone with a connection to the watch, and had even checked the gravesites in Lawrence for a McCaffry.

Mr Gallagher said although that had proved fruitless, he might have located a relative of the original owner through the internet.

"There's a McCaffry still living in Newtown, so it could be his son or grandson, but I don't know," he said.

Des Harvey from Harveys Diamond Jewellers in Grafton, said the diamond ring was uncommon because of its cut.

"It is unusual and you would expect it to be reasonably old, around 100 years," he said.



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