The Australian Federal Police were preparing to hold one of their annual auctions, an article from this day in 1985 said.
Items for auction included bicycles of all shapes, sizes and condition, eight letterboxes and an optometrist's sign.
Officer-in-charge of the property office, Acting Sergeant Warren Scanes, said he was surprised that no gnomes had turned up.
Normally they auctioned about 20, more than half of which came back within a few months, but "this year has been a slow year for gnomes".
There was a box of spectacles, 225 umbrellas and many wallets, though the money they may have once contained had been consigned to government coffers.
With Christmas fast approaching the 126 bicycles were expected to be the most popular items available to purchase. In past auctions, most went cheaply, with some in almost perfect condition.
Sergeant Scanes said that the AFP received about 80 bicycles each week but most were returned to their owners. Some of the bikes still had the combination lock attached to them.
Also auctioned was an assortment of jewellery and a bag of tools, both of which Sergeant Scanes said could include some valuables. There are were four television sets, 21 fire extinguishers, a brand new Victa lawnmower and some stereo equipment.
The most valuable items were five motorcycles, including a Honda 500 trail bike and a Yamaha 750 road bike. There were six bags of toilet paper, bags containing bars of soap and paper towels, skateboards, shoes and a ladder.