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It started with a bell

At only 15-years-old, Stephen Pannell had wandered off from his family and found himself meandering across the diving end of the Busselton Jetty, standing on the tipping point of the rolling Margaret River. It was there where Steve, full of youth and wonder, plucked an old blemished bell from the sea whilst scuba diving; instantly drawn to it’s curiosity as if it called to him. In a different time, the bell would reveal itself as an object belonging to a ship from the early 1900’s, the SS Koomilya. A wood-lugger that journeyed regularly between Western Australian and South Australia, and was put to good use in the dark times of World War II. Steve liked that bell, took it home, and cleaned it up.

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