Capturing times from long ago & the present

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
The time capsule was buried in 1993 and a new one was placed on Saturday, to be opened in 2045
Camera IconThe time capsule was buried in 1993 and a new one was placed on Saturday, to be opened in 2045 Credit: Catherine Massey

Documents from a 1993 time capsule were unveiled over the weekend, 27 years after it was buried at the Quindalup boat ramp.

The time capsule was originally buried by the Yelverton family, whose ancestors built the Quindalup Jetty for the Yelverton Timber Company in 1854, and erected the first steam sawmill at Quindalup.

The unveiling was headed by the Dunsborough Historical Society, which aims to preserve memories of early residents and to commemorate old buildings and historical events.

Society chair Margaret Baxter addressed the gathering, saying she wished she had known how perishable family history was.

“It disappears with time, as memories fade and as loved ones pass on. I wish I’d known that the most important aspect of family history is preserving a record of the present for the future,” she said.

The 1993 time capsule was opened on Saturday to reveal newspapers, magazines featuring Diana, Princess of Wales, money and other important documents from June 5, 27 years ago.

A new time capsule for 2020 was also filled up, with the people in attendance placing newspapers, pictures and other items inside to remember the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will be opened in 2045.

Member for Vasse Libby Mettam cutting the time capsule cake for 2020 with Our Lady of the Cape Primary School and Dunsborough Primary school students, and members from the Dunsborough Historical Society.
Camera IconMember for Vasse Libby Mettam cutting the time capsule cake for 2020 with Our Lady of the Cape Primary School and Dunsborough Primary school students, and members from the Dunsborough Historical Society. Credit: Catherine Massey/Catherine Massey
The time capsule was buried in 1993 and a new one was placed on Saturday, to be opened in 2045
Camera IconThe time capsule was buried in 1993 and a new one was placed on Saturday, to be opened in 2045 Credit: Catherine Massey
Members of the Dunsborough Historical Society Irene Penfold, Kaye McCormick, Leanne Bowen, Sally Porter, Christine Barfield, Margaret Baxter, Jan Button Wynne Tucker, and Norma Andrews.
Camera IconMembers of the Dunsborough Historical Society Irene Penfold, Kaye McCormick, Leanne Bowen, Sally Porter, Christine Barfield, Margaret Baxter, Jan Button Wynne Tucker, and Norma Andrews. Credit: Catherine Massey/Catherine Massey
Our Lady of the Cape Primary School students Cooper de Chiera, 11, Taylah Halloran, 11, and Dunsborough Primary School students Rubi Allen, 11, and Lilliana Wiltshire, 12, placed items in the new capsule to remember what their school looked like in 2020.
Camera IconOur Lady of the Cape Primary School students Cooper de Chiera, 11, Taylah Halloran, 11, and Dunsborough Primary School students Rubi Allen, 11, and Lilliana Wiltshire, 12, placed items in the new capsule to remember what their school looked like in 2020. Credit: Catherine Massey/Catherine Massey
Dunsborough Historical Society chairperson Margaret Baxter with Nicole Mulholland who was 16 when the 1993 time capsule was buried.
Camera IconDunsborough Historical Society chairperson Margaret Baxter with Nicole Mulholland who was 16 when the 1993 time capsule was buried.
Dunsborough Historical Society chairperson Margaret Baxter with Natasha Doyle and DHS vice chairperson Leanne Bowen, holding items from the unveiled 1993 time capsule
Camera IconDunsborough Historical Society chairperson Margaret Baxter with Natasha Doyle and DHS vice chairperson Leanne Bowen, holding items from the unveiled 1993 time capsule Credit: Pictures: Catherine Massey
Sausage sizzle chefs Karen and Dennis Howells with Gabby Molloy at the time capsule unveiling .
Camera IconSausage sizzle chefs Karen and Dennis Howells with Gabby Molloy at the time capsule unveiling . Credit: Catherine Massey/Catherine Massey

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