One morning on the way to school, I found treasure, glimmering fantastically at me from the slush in the gutter. A two-bob piece—far more money than I’d ever been allowed to possess—an utter fortune! I dreamed of the mountain of lollies and chips it would buy.
But it was just too much money—the tuck-shop ladies and shop-keepers would be suspicious and blab to my mother. I needed to hide it until the heat died down. I paced out a spot in the schoolyard, dug a hole, constantly glancing guiltily over my shoulder to see who was watching, buried it and put a distinctive stone on top. And waited it out for the right time.
But over the week-end, the school improvement program reached fruition and the workmen laid asphalt over the whole schoolyard. I had dithered too long.
I guess it’s still there. You can find it if you’re game. Go to the north corner of the Surrey Road side of Hawksburn State School, eight (small) paces along the adjoining fence, then seven paces due south—and dig. The tricky bit will be finding the school—the site has long since been redeveloped as apartments.