City calls for time capsule ideas

Published on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 at 6:57:18 PM

Geraldton Town Hall opening in 1907. Photo courtesy of Joy Clinch.

Picture Caption: The opening of the Town Hall in 1907. Photo courtesy of Joy Clinch. 

What would you most like the next generation to see revealed from a time capsule in 50 years?

The City of Greater Geraldton is putting the call out for community members to submit ideas for a time capsule which will be buried to commemorate Geraldton’s sesquicentenary, or 150 years, of being a Local Government.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said a time capsule was a great way to celebrate the momentous occasion.

“We really want some items to represent our community and tell a story of Geraldton in 2021,” he said.

“We’re asking the community submit some ideas that they’d like to see be revealed 50 years from now, that might be interesting or evoke some special memories.”

The first major step towards Geraldton becoming a Municipality was the commencement of both the Geraldton District Road Board, of which Charles Crowther was the first Chairman, and the Greenough Road Board on 25 January 1871 (The Western Australian Government Gazette). 

Shortly following this milestone the Municipality of Geraldton was declared on the 21 February 1871.  The first President was Captain Daniel H. Scott, whose house still stands today on the Greenough Flats.

Since this time, Geraldton has seen significant changes as a Local Government, including multiple amalgamations and name changes.

The amalgamation with the substantial Shire of Greenough in 2007 saw the Local Government area renamed to City of Geraldton-Greenough.  Just a few short years later in 2011, the Shire of Mullewa with its strong, passionate community amalgamated with the City to create the City of Greater Geraldton.

The Sesquicentenary time capsule is set to include interesting ephemera and photographs from 2021, plus letters from current Councillors and community members.

While a location is yet to be determined, it is proposed the capsule will be re-opened on 21 February 2071 which will commemorate the 200th year of Local Government.

To submit your ideas for the time capsule, head to the City’s website and fill out the online form.

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