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Brisbane Time Capsule locked inside City Hall

02 April, 2013

Brisbane Time Capsule locked inside City Hall

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will capture present-day Brisbane for future generations, with a time capsule to be locked inside City Hall today (Tuesday, 2 April).

The Lord Mayor said it was fitting that the time capsule be buried in what was another historic time in the history of City Hall, just days ahead of commemorations for the completion of the building’s $215 restoration.

“This time capsule is being locked way inside City Hall for 46 years, just as we are about to hand a structurally stronger, more modern and accessible building back to the people of Brisbane,” he said.

“City Hall has had a number of time capsules over the years, but never before has all of Brisbane been invited to leave their own family legacy within the building.”

More than 300 stories were received last year from people who shared their family life, left messages for their children and conveyed what life is like in Brisbane for future generations to read.

These stories have been packed into a one-off book that will be placed inside the time capsule and re-opened in the year 2059 to coincide with the 200 year anniversary of the declaration of the municipality of Brisbane.

Cr Quirk said the front and back covers of the Time Capsule book had been designed by students, representing what it was like living in Brisbane in the year 2012. All picture entries by the students will also be placed into the time capsule.

As well as the time capsule book, other items to be placed inside will include a coin from 2013 and The City Hall Appeal memento, which is a small wooden block with the restoration date engraved (made from wood take from the original Main Auditorium ceiling framework).

Also to be locked away will be the tomato jar time capsule (dated 14/01/88) which was discovered during the restoration. It consists of a hand written note from the Victessa Cabinetmakers, coins and a $5 and $2 note.

Cr Quirk said the time capsule would be sealed tight and filled with argon gas to protect the items placed inside.

“This is a historic event for the people of Brisbane, where their thoughts, hopes and messages to the future will be captured, painting a picture of our city for generations to come,” he said.

The time capsule locking away will be followed by an official rededication ceremony of City Hall on Saturday, April 6.

For more information about the City Hall reopening program visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888. [ENDS] April 2, 2013

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