Australia

World War II diary found in supermarket reunited with author's daughter

A World War II diary found on the floor of a north shore supermarket has been reunited with the diarist's daughter on what would have been the author's 98th birthday.

The diary, which recorded the experience of an Australian in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force during World War II through poems and photographs, was found on the floor of a supermarket at Gordon earlier this year.

"The diary, written in 1943, was later identified as belonging to Margo Cooper, who had sadly passed away in March 2011," said NSW Police in a statement on Sunday morning.

Following what police called "extensive enquiries that spanned across Australia", investigators tracked down Ms Cooper's daughter, Rosie Gibson, in Dubbo.

The diary was returned to her on Thursday, which would have been her mother's 98th birthday.

"When I got the call from senior constable Carisa Parker, it was like she’d won the lottery. I want to thank her so much for her wonderful efforts in finding me and bringing this diary back to our family," Ms Gibson said.

Police have returned a World War II diary found in supermarket to the author's daughter Rosie Gibson.

Police have returned a World War II diary found in supermarket to the author's daughter Rosie Gibson. Credit:NSW Police

"I can’t get over how beautifully my mother used to write, and the diary is in such good condition. It was just wonderful to get the news on what would have been Mum’s 98th birthday."

Senior constable Parker said the six-week search for Ms Cooper's family was extremely worthwhile.

“I was so pleased when we found Rosie – when we called, she was just ecstatic,” senior constable Parker said.

Clippings from the diary.

Clippings from the diary.Credit:NSW Police

“The day I called Rosie to tell her, it was actually her mum’s birthday and that she would have turned 98.

“She said it was the best birthday present she could have had.”

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