Sunday 17 December 2017

Greetings from 1966: Postcard reunites two school friends after it's delivered 50 years late

A postcard from Tahiti has arrived at its intended address 50 years late. Credit: Tim Duffy / Facebook
A postcard from Tahiti has arrived at its intended address 50 years late. Credit: Tim Duffy / Facebook

Sasha Brady

A postcard has reunited two school friends after it took 50 years to arrive at its intended address.

A couple from Adelaide in South Australia were surprised to receive a postcard dated 1966, from the French Polynesian island of Tahiti

The Adelaide Advertiser reported that the “slightly faded” postcard was addressed to “Robert Giorgio” from “Chris” in 1966.

Tim Duffy, who now lives at the address in Adelaide, told the Advertiser: "It's fresh enough although it is a bit faded and it's got some damage to the top left, which looks like a bit of water damage."

In the postcard to Robert, Chris said he was “enjoying myself greatly”, despite the “very humid” weather.

After some research, the Advertiser discovered that the original owner of the house was a man called Robert Giorgio - the intended recipient of the postcard. Following a bit of sleuthing, the publication managed to reunite Chris Reynolds with his pal Robert.

They were school friends in Adelaide and had attended university together to study law before drifting apart over time.

"Robert was a school friend," Chris told the publication. "We stayed friends for quite a while, though eventually we lost contact."

He said that he wrote the postcard when he was 15, although he can't recall the moment he put pen to paper.

“I confess I can’t remember writing it but we were in Tahiti at the time... I was 15 and was on my way to England for 12 months with my parents and brother and sister.

“We were travelling on the Northern Star ... that, in those days, did the England to Australia and New Zealand route.

And, of course, Robert was also cuffed to be reunited with his school friend and said that the pair had picked up where they left off.

"It makes everything that happened in between drop away. I was there when that happened then and I am here now and it is like, whatever happened in between, it doesn't matter," he said. "It feels like I just saw him last week. Your personality basically stays the same."

He said that the postcard had ignited some feelings of nostalgia within him.

"I’m not living the life I lived then; at 16 years of age I was a completely different human being – it is nice to be reminded I was actually 16 once,” he said.

Australia Post has apologised for delivering the postcard 50 years late.

"It is clear something went wrong 50 years ago after the postcard was posted in French Polynesia, and we apologise for the inconvenience," it said in a statement.

"Australia Post takes great pride in the timely, safe and efficient delivery of mail and we are confident that the vast majority of mail and parcels arrive on time."

Still... better late than never.

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