Residents watching on when the time capsule was buried in 1989.THE past will be unearthed inOctober when 128 time capsulesfrom 1989 are dug up from SirRoden Cutler Park.

On Saturday October 4 the old time capsules will be removedfrom the air-tight tank and opened by the businesses, families andclubs that buried them.

In an article in the Daily Liberalin 1989, then West Rotary Clubdirector Hilary Hanson said the35cm by 5cm capsules could befilled with “anything, so long asit’s not alive”.

Organiser of the event JoanneMurphy said at least 110 of thepeople who buried the capsuleshave been contacted, but theRotary Club of South Dubbo wasstill trying to get in touch with theremaining owners.

Ms Murphy said many of thoseshe has contacted either had noknowledge a capsule had beenburied for them to open, or can’tremember what treasures theyfilled it with.

“It’s extremely rewardingtalking to the people. Elderlypeople are really excited to findout what was put down 25 yearsago,” Ms Murphy said.

She said one family wasplanning a family reunion whenthe capsule was opened, whileanother family was eagerlyawaiting to see what their lategrandmother buried for them toopen.

When the old capsules areunearthed 300 new 35cm by 10cmcapsules will be buried, to beopened 25 years from now in2039.

Ms Murphy said the capsulescould be filled with a wide varietyof mementos from photographs toschool records to a good bottle ofwine. The time capsules are $40and available from a number oflocations around Dubbo.

Money raised from the initiativewill be donated to local charities.Anyone who buried a capsulein 1989 and hasn’t yet heard fromthe Rotary Club of South Dubbo,or knows someone who did, isurged to contact Joanne Murphyon 6882 9426.

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