Flood didn't wash wedding photo
FOR 24 years a wedding portrait hung on the Emmerson family’s lounge room wall in Helidon.
It showed 23-year-old Rick and 22-year-old Bronwyn Emmerson’s smiling faces on their wedding day in 1986.
It was a fixture of the happy family home and bore witness to the arrival of the Emmerson’s two children Angela and Rebecca.
But that portrait was torn from the wall when the flood of January 10 ripped through Helidon.
The flood also destroyed the family’s Helidon Dip Rd home and most of their possessions.
Since January, Mr Emmerson presumed the portrait was lost forever.
He couldn’t, however, believe his eyes when the image showed up on The Chronicle’s website with an article calling for its owners to come forward.
Toowoomba man Darrell Brown salvaged the 42-centimetre photograph from the mud and debris washed up on the banks of the Lockyer Creek days after the flood.
Mr Brown cleaned up the print and asked if The Chronicle could help find its owners.
“It is absolutely great,” Mr Emmerson said when reunited with his portrait.
Angela Emmerson said her mother was overjoyed to have the photograph back.
“She found her engagement ring in mud when we were cleaning up the house, so to now find the photograph as well . . . it’s just great,” she said.
The Emmersons are currently living in Toowoomba and hope to return to their Helidon home once repairs are completed by September.
“You can’t replace photographs,” Mr Emmerson said.
“It will be nice to be able to put one back on the wall.”
Mr Emmerson passed on his thanks to Mr Brown for his efforts.