Message in a Bottle

A message in a bottle was found on Friday the 20th of September around 2pm on a beach in South Arm, Hobart, Tasmania when Sam, a retired musician and artist was beach-combing. The bottle has been dated to be approximately 50 to 100 years old. The cork is perished somewhat and the message inside appears to be covered in protective wax but looks slightly damp. If the bottle had remained in the ocean much longer the cork would have likely perished and the bottle and its message would have been lost forever.

What's in the message? Can it still be read? Who wrote it?

UPDATE: After many weeks of eager anticipation the cork has been removed and its contents carefully extracted. A delicate operation ensued as the paper was unfolded to see what was written. Much to Sam’s dismay a legible message could not be deciphered so the mystery of the bottle, its message and sender remains.....