Canberra's first 100 years sealed in centenary time capsule

Released 10/03/2014

Canberra's first century has been immortalised in a new column on City Hill which was unveiled by Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher today.

The Chief Minister also sealed the centenary time capsule which contains a range of symbolic objects including a current day ACT number plate and a toe of the SkyWhale.

"We have just finished a year of celebrations for Canberra's Centenary and this striking column, located prominently on City Hill, will provide another way to remember our first century as a city but to also serve as a symbol of how Canberra is transitioning into it's second century," the Chief Minister said.

"The items contained in the time capsule that has been sealed today include a broad range of items like a parking ticket and number plate to a book with a message from the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott and a toe from one of Canberra's more controversial citizens – the Skywhale."

The column was made at the Yarralumla Brickworks by Geoff Farquhar-Still and the stonework was undertaken by Acclaim Contractors and stands 8.5 meters tall. The Column is a faceted stainless steel obelisk filled with graphics celebrating the story of Canberra as the national capital.

The Canberra Centenary Column and Centenary Time Capsule are gifts from the Canberra CBD Ltd.

"City Hill has traditionally not been a widely used part of our city centre since Her Majesty the Queen visited the site 60 years ago, however, I hope this column will encourage more people to visit the unique space on Vernon Circle."

"I would like to acknowledge those who have contributed to making this column and capsule a reality and thank the Canberra CBD Ltd for their generous gift which will, no doubt, be visited by many Canberrans," the Chief Minister said.

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