Romeni (left) and Dharama Sena look over the postcard
covers, letters, envelopes and stamps they uncovered while
unpacking their home in Highcliff Rd. Photo by Craig
Signed, sealed, delivered but not theirs.
Dunedin couple Dharama and Romeni Sena discovered two boxes
of letters, envelopes, postcard covers and stamps among their
belongings while unpacking at their Highcliff Rd home.
The couple had relocated to Dunedin with daughter Anuja from
Rotorua in May last year.
They moved into a house in Roslyn, leaving most of their
belongings in boxes in their garage.
It was not until they moved house in December and unpacked
that they made the discovery.
''Nothing was missing. All [our boxes] had been labelled
properly and accordingly, apart from these two,'' Mr Sena
Mrs Sena found two boxes which had the family name
hand-written on them and at first they believed they might
have belonged to their daughter, but when they opened them
they were filled with thousands of stamps, postcard covers,
envelopes and letters.
''It was a shock to me because none of us collects stamps,''
He had checked the value of some of the stamps on online
auction sites and they were worth $4 or $5 each and the
collection might be worth thousands, he said.
''I'm sure it's quite expensive,'' Mr Sena said.
''We are talking about thousands of postcards and stamps.''
He was unsure where the collection had came from, but
believed it might have been accidentally added to their
belongings while in storage in Christchurch or when it was
loaded into a truck in Dunedin.
Some of the letters were addressed to Doreen MacKenzie, of
Napier, and he believed someone must be looking for the items
because of their sentimental value.
''I just hope we can locate the rightful owners and return
their items,'' he said.