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Historic bus saved from scrapyard after social media post

Historic bus saved from scrapyard after social media post The historic photo of a Tathra bus caught in the Jellat Jellat flood in 1960. Picture courtesy of the late Rex Holgate
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SAVED: Jackie Collins with the bus which appears to be the same as one in a 1960 photograph of a Jellat Jellat flood. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

SAVED: Jackie Collins and Chris Brown with the bus which appears to be the same as one in a 1960 photograph of a Jellat Jellat flood. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

The bus on top of a Buckajo hill. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

Jackie Collins with the bus at Buckajo. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

Tathra Beach can be seen on the side of the bus.

A council logo on the side of the bus.

Bega can be seen clearly written on the bus.

A timeless hand signal.

TweetFacebookA bus immortalised in black and white following a 1960 floodhas been saved from being sliced in half and sold as scrap metal.

After a photograph of a bus almost completely submerged in floodwaters in 1960 was posted on social media in July, Nicole Harris of Majestic Motorhomes recognised its distinct curved roof straight away.

SAVED: Jackie Collins and Chris Brown with the bus which appears to be the same as one in a 1960 photograph of a Jellat Jellat flood. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

She had seen the now rusted bus sitting on a Buckajo property recently purchased by her former Eden high school friend Jackie Collins and her partner Chris Brown.

“Nicole recognised the bus straight away, which is lucky because it was within days of being cut up for scrap,” Ms Collins said.

While there was much interest in buying the bus, removing it in one piece is a difficult task.

The bus will be built into an artistic feature by Nicole and Lyle Harris at Majestic Motorhomes. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

Ms Collins and Mr Brown moved onto the former pig farm property late last year, and the bus looks as though it has spent time being used as a chicken pen.

“It was just sitting in the trees and we thought ‘well it’s got to go’,” Ms Collins said.

“We’d decided we’d drag it up to the top of the hill and maybe cut it up for scrap and sell it.”

SAVED: Jackie Collins with the bus which appears to be the same as one in a 1960 photograph of a Jellat Jellat flood. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

How the bus ended up on the property still remains a mystery.

“It’s amazing, it must’ve been behind the shed for donkey’s years, and it just pulled straight out,” Mr Brown said.

Remarkably, itsworn exterior still has the Jack Plumb markings of its daily run between Bega and Tathra, original wooden floor, air filled rubber tyres and windows completely intact.

According to one reader, the bus was caught in floodwaters at Jellat Jellat while Mr Plumb was trying to get his daughters to work, before the trio were later rescued from a willow tree with help from a boat used by electrical store owner, and avid fisherman, ​Bruce Devlin.

An offer was made by Ms Harris to take the bus and use it to create an artistic feature in order to keep it from being destroyed.

Ms Collins said she is glad the bus will now be a permanent fixture in the Bega Valley.

“Living here is paradise, this is the best place to live on earth,” she said.

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