Allan Burrows of Wollongbar received a wedding invite in the mail for his late mother last week. It was mailed in 1971. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Allan Burrows of Wollongbar received a wedding invite in the mail for his late mother last week. It was mailed in 1971. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

He won’t get to the wedding

TALK about snail mail.

It took 42 years and six months for Wollongbar's Allan Burrows to finally receive his invitation to his cousin's wedding.

The long-lost invitation was first posted from the rural NSW town of Walgett in April 1971.

But with an incorrect address on the envelope, it never got to Mr Burrows - instead it journeyed around the country.

It has postmarks from nine places, including Wickham, Waratah, Mayfield, Speers Point and North Rockhampton in Queensland.

Eventually the invitation made its way back to the Walgett post office, where it was opened and given to Mr Burrows's aunt, Irene Burke, who lives there in a "big, old country house".

"Aunty Irene took the wedding invitation back to her place, and I think she did intend to send it on," Mr Burrows said.

"But she popped it into a vase in the formal dining room and obviously forgot about it. It stayed there for more than 40 years.

"Now my aunt is 90 years of age, and she's been doing some clearing out around the house, so she found the invitation. Goes to show how often she cleans up."

Instead of throwing the wedding invitation away, Ms Burke decided it was time to send it on to its rightful owner.

Last week she posted it to her nephew with a note that said: "Sorry I am late, but I suppose it's better late than never".

Mr Burrows said he had often wondered why he hadn't been invited to his cousin's wedding.

"It's pretty tattered now, but it's nice to have it."



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