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Time-capsule marks stage-two of Gallery redevelopment

History was repeated today in Morwell, when a time-capsule was secreted behind a specially designed seat

By Latrobe City Council - 20th March 2001 - Back to News

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History was repeated today in Morwell, when a time-capsule was secreted behind a specially designed seat incorporating the original foundation stone of the former Town Hall and civic buildings and a stone commemorating the start of stage-two of the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Tony Hanning said the discovery of the time-capsule during Gallery renovations in October 2000 as part of stage-one of the redevelopment, and the subsequent opening and evaluation of the historic contents had been an inspirational moment for present day Councillors and citizens.

“The joy and zeal with which we absorbed the contents of the time-capsule laid down on 13 June 1936 had a humbling effect upon us all. People at the time of laying the foundation stone for Morwell’s civic buildings in 1936 had the foresight to consider those who might come years later, and they shared their joy of the day with those who at that stage they could not even imagine,” Cr Hanning said.

“My fellow Councillors and I considered that just as our civic forefathers had the resolution and inspiration to leave a message for future generations, Council and the people of Latrobe should convey some of their joy and optimism for the future, by placing a time-capsule at the time of commencing stage-two of the Latrobe Regional Gallery redevelopment,” Cr Hanning said.

The 2001 time-capsule contains copies of the letters found in the original time capsule and the penny and two half-penny coins that accompanied them.

Contemporary contents include copies of the Mayor’s and CEO’s reports from Latrobe City’s annual general report, together with letters from the Chairperson of the Latrobe Regional Gallery Committee of Management, Gordon Duncan; the Federal Minister for the Arts and Centenary of Federation, Peter McGauran; and the State Minister for the Arts and Education, Mary Delahunty.

A set of Federation Australian decimal coins have also been included, together with copies of Latrobe City LINK containing stories about the Gallery redevelopment.

“Just as we have experienced an understanding of the aspirations of a community in 1936 and taken their joy to our hearts, we hope that the community of Latrobe at some undetermined time in the future will take joy in sharing the elation we feel today, as we start upon the road to delivering a first-class arts precinct for Latrobe,” Cr Hanning said. “The completion of stage-two being funded by the State Government and Council, will firmly position the Latrobe Regional Gallery as a pre-eminent visual arts facility in the region, catering to all segments of the community.

“It is a facility that we firmly believe matches the needs and expectations of today’s community. It is also our fervent wish that those who come after us will look back upon today’s civic leaders and community, and decide that ‘these were men and women of vision’, just as we have acknowledged the courage, wisdom and vision of our civic forefathers,” Cr Hanning concluded.

Media Enquiries:

Cr. Tony Hanning, Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 373 577

Cr. Brendan Jenkins, Deputy Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 374 590

Ms. Penny Holloway, Chief Executive Officer,
tel. 5173 1401 or 0417 557 103

Jeremy Bein, Public Relations and Communications Officer,
tel. 5173 1468


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