Plea to find walking stick

TO an innocent passerby it may just seem like a piece of wood, but Athol McCosker's cherished walking stick is not only more than 100 years old, its sentimental value is priceless.

That walking stick gave 94-year-old Mr McCosker a link back to his wife's birthplace of Cherry Gully.

In 1910 his father-in-law was clearing some land in the area to grow stone fruit when he came across the root of a Black Wattle tree and was inspired to use the root to make a stick.

After he died in 1961 the hand-crafted walking stick was passed on to Mr McCosker, who has been using it for the past 10 years to help him get around since he developed osteo-arthritis.

However, after a trip to the shops last Friday afternoon he hasn't been able to find it and is appealing for Rose City residents to help him.

Mr McCosker thinks he may have put the stick on top of his car before driving away and forgetting it.

“I remember when I was driving I heard a rattle on the hood, and I didn't think about it at the time, but I think that's when it must have fell off,” he told the Daily News.

“I think I was at the corner of Marshall and Glennie streets.

“I should have stopped when I heard the noise.”

The walking stick had Mr McCosker's name on it.

His son Lester said perhaps someone had picked it up and was unsure what to do with it.

“We just hope if someone has it they can read this and understand the sentimental value it has,” Lester said.

“Even if someone found it and threw it away, it would be really great if they would let us know, at least to put our mind at rest.”

Have you found Mr McCosker's walking stick? Call the Daily News on 4660 1317 or email

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