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entitled to the item. The distinction between essential
and inessential can be very difficult to determine. In the case of goods being found on or under the land of another, or in or on a building, the question of possessory ownership will be determined by whether the owner or occupier can demonstrate a clear intention to
exercise control over everything on or under the land, or in or on the building. Thus, money found in the public
mall of a shopping centre will generally belong to the finder. The same result will probably occur with money
found on a shop floor. However, money found in a display would probably belong to the shopkeeper.
Money found in a private home or on private land will generally belong to the owner of the house or land.
Ranger v Griffin (1967) 87 WN 531
The purchaser of land decided to renovate the house.
The renovations involved the demolition of part of the
house. One of the labourers found a box containing a
large sum of money. Claims were made by the labourer because he found it, by the contractor because they
employed the labourer, by the former owner of the
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