Raised in a small hard working community, I have many memories of my family making do with what they had, improvising, inventing, and making tools to get the job done, I grew to love and admire these simple but amazing inventions that were created to make our lives a little easier.

After  leaving my childhood home I travelled and worked around Australia for 20 years, I found myself continually attracted to the more remote areas and was lucky enough to work in jobs I loved.  Working on farms, stations, a  crocodile farm, mapping part of Arnhem Land, Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls spending two years swagging my way through these very remote areas.  I was a ranger at Innamincka, Flinders Rangers, Tibooburra and The Pilliga.  What an amazing life, I was experiencing such a diverse range of work opportunities however there seemed to always be one thing in common.

Wherever I travelled I would most enjoy learning and experiencing the heritage of the area, exploring old home sites and the evidence of  lifestyle, finding those amazing pieces that they crafted with what they had at hand.  Yes…. I was definitely addicted to treasure hunting and collecting

After having my two amazing, life changing children, my husband and I chose Gunnedah as our home to settle down at.  Gunnedah has offered me a fantastic opportunity to share my love for gathering old collectables, the Aussie Battler created items, the treasures that remind me of my childhood.  Our Shop Sunburnt Treasures was born and has continued to grow daily, as has my passion for Australian history.

If like me you love to take a trip down memory lane, to learn or share your knowledge, or to incorporate the old and new into your home, feel free to drop in and visit us a Sunburnt Treasures.

Have and amazing and full day, week, life.  Hope to see you in your travels.

Pol. J

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