ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collections

HMSS 0375 Canberra Centenary Time Capsule 

Scope and Content Notes 

Call Number HMSS 0375
Collection Canberra Centenary Time Capsule
Date Range 1966-2014
Quantity 0.26m (2 manuscript boxes)
Access Conditions Closed until 12 March 2034
Copying Conditions Closed until 12 March 2034
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The Canberra Centenary Column and Time Capsule is a gift to the community of Canberra on behalf of the commercial property owners in the City, Braddon and Turner. The column was designed by Geoff Farquahar-Still, and was inspired by the unfinished Commencement Column which signified the foundation and naming of Canberra as the national capital in 1913.

The design won a competition conducted by Canberra CBD Limited, and was originally to have been located in the median at Alinga Street and Northbourne Avenue. However, that area was reserved for the future light rail city station, so the sculpture and time capsule were sited on City Hill, between the Northbourne and Ainslie Avenue axes.

The Time Capsule is secured at the base of the column. It is to be opened in 2113, although the contents were on display for a short time before the capsule was sealed on 11 March 2014. Both the ACT Heritage Library and the National Film and Sound Archive have electronic versions of some contributions and originals of the story or rationale of contributions on paper, together with the catalogue. The collection in the ACT Heritage Library will be opened in 2034. 

Box List

BOX
NO.

DESCRIPTION

DATE RANGE

1

Item 1: CANBERRA CBD LIMITED

·         In the City PDF archive (2 DVDs)

·         CBD TV News archive, 30 November 2011 – 14 June 2013 (1 DVD)

·         CBD TV News archive 14 February – 21 October 2013, plus other edits (1 DVD)

2011 – 2013

1

Item 2: EMMANUEL NOTARAS – CHAIRMAN CANBERRA CBD LIMITED

·         Messages for Time Capsule and an article he wrote for the Canberra Times 14 September 2013

2013

1

Item 3: JANE EASTHOPE – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER CANBERRA CBD LIMITED

·         Message for Time Capsule, and description of the contribution of a glass bowl by Peter Crisp, wahlenbergia design

2013

1

Item 4: PETER BARCLAY OAM – CANBERRA CBD LIMITED BOARD MEMBER

·         Messages for Time Capsule and list of items contributed: 50 cent coin 1966, obelisk from Egypt that was the inspiration for the Canberra 100 obelisk, King O’Malley bust, and DVD of images from the King O’Malley Exhibition at Canberra Museum and Gallery

·         3 copies of DVD of images from King O’Malley Exhibition

·         Business card of Peter Barclay, Managing Director of King O’Malley’s Irish Pub

1966, 2013

1

Item 5: MARK SUKROO – CANBERRA CBD LIMITED BOARD MEMBER AND DIRECTOR OF JONES LANG LASALLE

·         Copy of a team and CBD aerial photograph of the Civic and Barton precincts

2013

1

Item 6: CENTENARY OF CANBERRA TEAM

·         One Very Big Year (1 DVD video, 4 minutes, PAL widescreen)

2013

1

Item 7: 2113: A CANBERRA ODYSSEY – CANBERRA MUSEUM AND GALLERY

·         Description of exhibition and list of material selected for the Time Capsule from the exhibition held 13 July – 3 November 2013

2013

1

Item 8: ALICIA DOHERTY – BUSINESS LIAISON MANAGER CANBERRA CBD LIMITED

·         Concept papers for using the site of the Mugga Quarry for a huge ‘CANBERRA 100’ sign

2012 – 2013

1

Item 12: CRAFT ACT: CRAFT AND DESIGN CENTRE

·         Messages from Craft ACT staff; one of five items included in the Time Capsule

2014

1

Item 14: CATHY FRANZI – CRAFT ACT ACCREDITED PROFESSIONAL MEMBER

·         Description of the small porcelain vessel created by Cathy Franzi for inclusion in the exhibition ‘Painting the Hills of Canberra’ at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre

2013

1

Item 15: DR ROBERT BELL AM – CRAFT ACT PATRON

·         ‘Some observations of craft, design and Canberra’ by Robert Bell, 21 February 2014

2014

1

Item 16: KLAUS MOJE AO – CRAFT ACT PATRON

·         Message from Klaus Moje about his work in Australia and the glass bowl he contributed to the  Time Capsule

2014

1

Item 25: CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE – CULTURAL FACILITIES CORPORATION

Material from CAPO 30 held at Canberra Museum and Gallery 15-23 November 2013, including:

·         Handwritten speech delivered at the auction on 23 November

·         Original bid cards, auctions sheets, auction booklet and raffle sheets

·         Media release announcing the partnership between CAPO (Capital Arts Patrons Organisation) and CMAG (Canberra Museum and Gallery)

2013

1

Item 27: DR DAVID HEADON – HISTORY AND HERITAGE ADVISOR, CENTENARY OF CANBERRA

·         Comment on the creation of his series of television programs on the history of Canberra, aired on ABC Friday night Stateline / 7.30 Report; a selection of programs on DVD was included in the Time Capsule

2008 – 2012

1

Item 28: JULIE MACKAY – 2013 YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

·         Message and explanation for her contribution of the Purple Ribbon, re-launched in 2011 to celebrate the formation of the United Nations Agency for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and now sold as a fundraising tool for UN Women

2013

1

Item 20: DR JIM PEACOCK – 2013 ACT SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

·         Article on the CSIRO Discovery Centre devised by Dr Peacock, former Chief of CSIRO Plant Industry and former Chief Scientist of Australia, and its 2013 activities

2014

1

Item 30: HARRIET ELVIN – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF CULTURAL FACILITIES CORPORATION

·         ‘Reflecting on the status of women in Canberra’s Centenary Year’ by Harriet Elvin

·         ‘Speech on mentoring’, given on Thinking Thursday, 14 March 2013, by Harriet Elvin

2013

1

Item 31: ACT HISTORIC PLACES – CULTURAL FACILITIES CORPORATION

·         Description of a major upgrade project at Lanyon Homestead, including a hand-made nail found there and contributed to the Time Capsule

2013

1

Item 36: NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

·         History of the Press Club, including some excerpts from keynote speeches at the Club during 2013 (3 DVDs, 1 USB drive)

2013

1

Item 38: ACT COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE (ACTCOSS)

·         ‘Jubilee’, a poem by Hal Judge commissioned to tell the story of the first 50 years of ACTCOSS

·         Speech given by Jean Moran, a founding member and inaugural Life Member of ACTCOSS, on their 50th anniversary (1 DVD)

·         ACTCOSS photographs (1 DVD)

2013

1

Item 39: PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ACT INC

·         Messages from members

2014

1

Item 40: SELF HELP ORGANISATIONS UNITED TOGETHER (SHOUT)

·         Collection of photographs, a video history of SHOUT, and a personal account from their Executive Director (2 DVDs, 1 typescript)

2013

1

Item 41: CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (CSO)

·         Comments on works performed during 2013

2013

1

Item 42: CANBERRA CHORAL SOCIETY (CCS)

·         Programmes for the centenary concert series (1 CD)

2013

1

Item 43: THE MUSICAL OFFERING TO THE CANBERRA CENTENARY

The Musical Offering ensured free music in Canberra every day during 2013; a representative sample was contributed to the Time Capsule.

·         300 Days Concert at the High Court of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery – the musical offering, 23 October 2013 (1 DVD)

·         300 Days Concert – documents on the musical offerings (1 DVD)

·         300 Days Concert – documents for the time capsule (1 DVD)

2013

1

Item 44: COTA FOR OLDER AUSTRALIANS

·         Letter and business card from Paul Flint, Executive Director, describing the COTA Annual Report contributed to the Time Capsule

2014

1

Item 45: RADIO 2CA

·         Material from 2CA’s 80th anniversary including oral history from the first, and oldest, surviving employee, selected broadcasts, commercials and pictures (1 USB drive)

2011

1

Item 46: COMMUNITIES@WORK

·         Explanatory booklet of the services provided

2013

1

Item 47: WODEN COMMUNITY SERVICE INC (WCS)

·         Letter describing the Woden Community Service

·         Photographs from the Woden Valley as of 31 January 2014 (2 DVDs)

2014

1

Item 48: ACT EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION INC

·         Certificate of Incorporation, 1986

·         Description of keyring contributed to the Time Capsule, commemorating the 2013 Centenary Ride on the Bicentennial National Trail, and of the Centenary Ride through the ACT

2013

1

Item 49: UNITED NGUNNAWAL ELDERS COUNCIL (UNEC)

·         UNEC Charter, 16 March 2003

·         Handwritten messages from the Elders, July 2014

2003, 2014

1

Item 50: KATY GALLAGHER MLA – CHIEF MINISTER OF THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

·         Message

2014

1

Item 51: ACT LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

·         Centenary of Canberra – extract from Hansard, Tuesday 19 March 2013

2013

1

Item 52: THE HON BRONWYN BISHOP MP – SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

·         Message describing her meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, 28 November 2013

2014

1

Item 53: SENATOR THE HON JOHN HOGG – THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

·         Message to the President of the Senate 2113

2013

1

Item 56: AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS – ACT CHAPTER

·         Description of the set of acrylic panels and texts created from stories told by Canberra architects in a project called 100 + 100 to celebrate the centenary

·         List of contributers and copies of the texts

2013

1

Item 57: ABC CANBERRA

·         Snapshot in time of the breadth of ABC Canberra activities (2 DVDs)

·         Brochure (1 USB drive in a metal box)

2013

1

Item 58: NATIONAL CAPITAL ATTRACTIONS ASSOCIATION

·         The Canberra Guide: The Capital’s Must-see Attractions. Smartphone app and mobile website developed in collaboration with the National Capital Authority and the ACT Government through VisitCanberra (2 DVDs)

2013

1

Item 59: CANBERRA BUSINESS COUNCIL

·         Interviews with key business people describing how Canberra has matured as a city and a place to do business (2 DVDs)

2013

1

Item 61: ACT LAW SOCIETY

·         List of Councillors 2013-2014

·         Description of the 80th anniversary dinner 3 August 2013, from which an invitation, ticket and menu were contributed to the Time Capsule

2013

1

Item 63: CATHOLIC EDUCATION OFFICE

·         Description of the booklet A Snapshot of Catholic Schools in the Centenary of Canberra 2013, contributed to the Time Capsule

2014

1

Item 64: AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

·         ANU Now and Then: Commemorating the University over the last 100 years

·         Additional explanatory text

2013

1

Item 66: ACT GOVERNMENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING

·         ‘ACT Public Schools – Giving our children the best start in life’

2014

1

Item 68: BAHA’I ASSEMBLY

·         Explanation of the two books contributed to the Time Capsule: Birds into Paradise – the memoirs of an Australian Baha’i Pioneer Family by Margaret Bluett, and a booklet commemorating the official opening of the Canberra Baha’i Centre on 10 December 1999

2013

1

Item 88: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CANBERRAN IN 2013 – ENVIRONMENT, PLANNING, TRANSPORT AND POLITICS

·         Copy of a motor vehicle infringement notice

2014

1

CANBERRA CENTENARY TIME CAPSULE – SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

·         Canberra Centenary Time Capsule: 100 years, 100 stories – includes a catalogue of the contents of the Time Capsule (2 copies)

·         Launch of the Canberra Centenary Column 11 March 2014 (1 disk)

·         Copies of documents relating to the Time Capsule (2 DVDs)

·         Copy of photograph of people who attended a non-compulsory site visit at the original site of the proposed artwork in the median at Alinga Street and Northbourne Avenue, 23 May 2012

·         Message from the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP

2012 – 2014

2

ADDITIONAL ITEM

This is not listed in the catalogue of items included in the Time Capsule, but is possibly associated with Item 2: Emmanuel Notaras

·         Anastasios M Tamis and Demetrios Tsolakis. The History of Greeks of Canberra and Districts. Limited edition no. 181. 1999. In slip case, with letter from Eleni Notaras

1999