SIGN SADNESS: Rockhampton’s Olive Jones and her son Bill Jones want their sign back. INSET: The sign hung at the Thozet Rd residence.
SIGN SADNESS: Rockhampton’s Olive Jones and her son Bill Jones want their sign back. INSET: The sign hung at the Thozet Rd residence. Allan Reinikka

Bill an’ Oll hope thieves bring their sign back

OLIVE Jones sheds a tear every time she looks at the front of her North Rockhampton home.

For 20 years a sign that said BILLANOLL hung in the top right-hand corner of her carport.

But three weeks ago that sign was stolen and Olive wants it back.

Olive, 93, said she had been living in the Thozet Rd house since 1990 and that the sign was a part of her home.

"My son made the sign for me over 20 years ago," she said.

"It's got sentimental value because my son is very special to me and it took him a lot of time to make it. It upsets me so much when I think about someone taking it, what right do they have.

"It doesn't mean anything to anyone else. I don't want another sign to replace it because it's not the same, I just want my sign back."

Olive's son William, commonly known as Bill, made the sign for his mother out of steel when he was 30-years-old.

Bill, 54, said the family wanted their home to have a name.

"I had the equipment and I had the time, it was just something I wanted to do for my mum," he said.

"My name is Bill and we call mum Oll. At the time I made it my mum's partner was also called Bill so I just combined the names.

"We noticed it was missing the Friday before Christmas but we didn't contact the police. We posted on social media sites and community sites that it had been stolen and we're just hoping that if some kids have taken it one night for a bit of fun, they return it.

"We don't even want to know who has taken it, we just want it dropped back on our doorstep with no questions asked."

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the sign please contact 0418 151 250.


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