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Goodna RSL Sub-branch president Vivienne Stanbury with medals discovered at the motorway upgrade site in Dinmore.
Goodna RSL Sub-branch president Vivienne Stanbury with medals discovered at the motorway upgrade site in Dinmore. David Nielsen

NOTHING would please Goodna RSL sub-branch president Vivienne Stanbury more this Anzac Day than to find the owner of four Australian Defence Force Service Medals found buried in the ground at Dinmore.

The medals are miniature versions of full size service medals usually worn by servicemen and women at functions and official dinners.

The four medals are a Vietnam Service Medal, Australian National Medal, Vietnam Star and a Long Service - Good Conduct Medal.

They were found late last year by a roadworker during the construction of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade at Dinmore and, based on the condition of both the medals and case, may have been entombed on the site for months or even years.

They were delivered to Goodna RSL for identification in the hope they could be returned to the rightful owner.

Ms Stanbury said the medals had proved nearly impossible to trace because, unlike full size medals that have service numbers or names on them, the miniatures have no identifying markings.

"All medals have names and numbers so we trace people through the archives," Ms Stanbury said.

"Unfortunately these have no I.D. on them at all.

"They look like they were buried for quite a while and will be precious to someone.

"These things are family heirlooms."

While many medals are reported stolen each year during burglaries, medal recoveries are fairly rare.

Ms Stanbury said some though do turn up in unusual places.

"As a rule it's pretty uncommon but we did have some found at a rubbish dump and we found the owner of those," she said.

"A lot of veteran's medals are stolen during house robberies but we don't always hear if they are recovered."

Ms Stanbury considered repairing the damaged ribbons on the medals but decided to wait until all efforts to find an owner had been exhausted.

With no names or numbers on either the medals or case Ms Stanbury said some proof of ownership would need to be produced for the medals to be handed over.

"Someone may have a photo with the serviceman wearing them," she said.

"Even a name that we can cross check with service records may be enough.

"We'd just love to find the owner."

Anyone with information about the medals can contact the Goodna Sub-branch on 04 1256 3358.

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