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Albert "Tapper" Torney
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Birth: Aug. 28, 1912
Broken Hill
New South Wales, Australia
Death: Dec. 30, 1998
Broken Hill
New South Wales, Australia

Potato sack in one hand, a roll-your-own hanging on a lip and a leather flying hat jammed down over his ears, Albert "Tapper" Torney is on his bottle run.
And so it was for the town of Broken Hill for over fifty years.
He scoured the streets and rubbish bins for refundable bottles and cans. Locals called him "Tapper" for his bottle-tapping skills and reckoned he had a small fortune stacked away somewhere, yet the gentle, quite man showed no signs of wealth in his simple unit at the Aruma Senior Citizens Home.
Everyone knew Tapper, as he mumbled a hello to passerbys as he shuffled down main street.
He was a part of Broken Hill.
They say he always had kept pretty much to himself. He never married and during his working years was employed by a New South Wales gas company. And, although a man of few words, his memory of dates and names was razor sharp.
Tapper was born in Silver City ( a nickname for Broken Hill.)
After his death, Tapper became famous due to a hoax, accrediting him with building model cars from collected cans.
The cars had been built by a man who lived in New Zealand.
His name was Sandy Sanderson, website is

Broken Hill Cemetery
Broken Hill
New South Wales, Australia
Plot: section: Rose Garden, Row 1, Grave 8
Created by: chuck cummins
Record added: Aug 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95267783
Albert Tapper Torney
Added by: chuck cummins
Albert Tapper Torney
Added by: chuck cummins
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- Just~Us Relatives
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- Michelle 💕ღ
 Added: Mar. 3, 2014
one last bottle for ya
- Beverly Joe Vaughn ☮
 Added: Jan. 30, 2013
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