A Mid Gippsland Football League best and fairest trophy stolen by thieves from a rural property earlier this year has been recovered and donated to the Boolarra Football Club.

The Elder-Berwick Medal from 1936 was presented to Robert Thorburn and was one of several dozen items stolen from a property just outside of Boolarra in March.

The home ransacked in the burglary was owned by Eric Thorburn who died late last year.

Sister and estate executor Lois Smith described the theft of the historic trophy – which belonged to her late grandfather Robert Thorburn – as “heart breaking” but was “relieved” it had been recovered.

“The trophy was found by police and I was just so happy when we got it back,” Ms Smith said.

“Since our brother died we discussed what we would do with the trophy and we wanted to donate it to the Boolarra Football Club.”

Ms Smith had planned to donate the Elder-Berwick Medal before the theft and was on hand at Boolarra’s home game on Saturday to handover the trophy to president Paul Dodds.

“We were actually going to give [the trophy] to the Boolarra Historical Museum but we thought the footy club would really like it,” Ms Smith said.

“We’re really happy to be donating it and ecstatic to be out [here] and that the whole family has agreed.”

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Original article written by Kate Withers reporting for Latrobe Valley Express. Original article published by Latrobe Valley Express on June 4th, 2018.

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