Library book returned after 30-year world trip
Friday 11 March 2011
A rare library book has finally been returned – after more than 30 years of globetrotting with an Australian naval attaché.
Former Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander Ron Robb, who was posted to London in 1980, borrowed the volume of Samuel Pepys' Diary in 1981 from Wallington Library to help his daughter with a project. Unknown to him, the 1928 volume remained in his possession and accompanied him to Hong Kong and islands in the Pacific before ending up in Australia. Mr Robb discovered the book while moving house in Toongabbie, New South Wales, and contacted the library's manager Steve Winser to get it safely back to Sutton in Surrey.
Based on the current daily rate of 15p per day, the book would have run up a fine of more than £1,600. Luckily, Sutton Libraries stop fines at a limit of £5 and waived the charge.
The book, part of a set worth around £200, have belonged to Wallington Library since it opened in 1936. It was donated by Sir William Mallinson, one of the original benefactors to the library and is now back with the other volumes of the edition in the library's Mallinson Room.
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
- 3 Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
- 4 Mafia's wall of silence broken: Victim of Cosa Nostra's extortion rackets in its Corleone heartland co-operates with authorities for the first time ever
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
Game of Thrones season 5: Grey Worm actor Jacob Anderson is all for more male nudity – as long as it’s not him
The Jump 2015 line-up: Joey Essex, Phil Tufnell, Heather Mills and co take to the slopes
New Ghostbusters movie lands all-female cast with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones
Grumpy Roald Dahl letter warning student to 'eschew beastly adjectives' rediscovered after 35 years
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes