Backpack has history

DUNCAN Macdonald wants to find the man he bought a backpack off 15-years ago.

The Gympie man who sold the backpack told Mr Macdonald said it was with him when he was the first man to cross the Simpson Desert unaided.

Mr Macdonald had lived at North Buderim at the time and answered an advertisement selling the backpack in the Sunshine Coast Daily. He thought it would be good for his sons to use while on school camp.

Mr Macdonald now lives in Brisbane but is moving to the UK and doesn’t want the backpack to end up on the scrap heap.

He is trying to contact the original owner to see if he wants the backpack back or if a collector might want it for its historical value.

“It would be a shame to give it away at a garage sale or for it to end up in the tip,” he said.

He wants the original owner or anyone interested in the historical significance of the backpack to email him at in the next two weeks, before he leaves the country.

“I would like it to go somewhere,” he said.

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