Posted October 09, 2018 07:02:04 It’s been a long time coming, but New Braunfellers newspaper rock has finally found a home.
A former resident of the house that once held it, former resident John Houghton, has been selling the rock to a newspaper to be used as a newspaper delivery vehicle.
“It’s a very unique story, there’s no way to explain what it’s all about,” Mr Houghston said.
“We thought we’d just put it on the internet, but then we thought, ‘well, why not?'”
Mr Hougston said the rock was found by a local farmer after he cut down a tree on a local estate.
He said he found it on a property in a remote area of New Braunferds, just outside the city.
Mr Hroughton said the newspaper rock had been lying on the property for about 10 years and the farmers had kept it under lock and key for the past five years.
“I’ve seen it once or twice,” he said.
Mr Poulter said it was a great story and he hoped it would be used in the future.
“The story has been told before, it was all about this land, about how the land was the last great stronghold of the people who had a strong hold on it, and the people were all out of control,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“They were destroying the land and the land itself was the enemy of the land.”
Mr Haughton said he had been contacted by a couple who wanted to take it on.
“You’re talking about people who are living on the edge of the earth, living in a house where you’re living on top of a rock that’s been cut down by a farmer,” he explained.
“So it’s a bit like an American version of the Rocky Mountain Showdown.”
It’s a great opportunity to use this iconic piece of rock for local paper delivery, Mr Haugton said.
He also said the site would have a special significance to the community.
“For me, the most important thing about the rock is the fact that it’s on the land that’s the last stronghold of a very powerful community, and it’s now being sold off,” Mr Poulster said.
In recent years, Mr Poultters family has moved into a new house on the site, but it was not clear if it would hold the newspaper.
“My family has been living on this site for almost 10 years now, so I know that the land is important to the people here,” Mr Loughton said, adding the newspaper had also had a history of community service.
“There’s a lot of local people who live in the area who have been involved with the community, so this is really a wonderful opportunity for us to continue to engage with them and help them get on with their lives.”
Mr Poulos said he was still hopeful the community would embrace the newspaper, but said it would take time.
“Our community has been very supportive,” he added.
“But we’re hoping the community can accept the news.”