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A Message for the Future
Future generations will learn all about life in 2011 Ballarat in years to come,
thanks to a newly buried time capsule in the heart of the city.
Local school children worked hard to prepare the time capsule, which was
placed under the Burke and Wills Memorial Fountain on the corner of Sturt
and Lydiard Street, at a ceremony in October.
The time capsule burial was part of Ballarat’s Burke and Wills Commemorative
Celebrations, marking the 150th anniversar y of the explorers’ trek from
Melbourne to the north coast of Australia.
Sovereign Hill Education co-ordinated education programs with four local
primary schools - Dana Street, Lal Lal, St Alipius and St Patrick’s Parish - which
culminated with the interment of the new time capsule during History Week.
Objects in the time capsule include school newsletters, photos, newspapers
and messages to the Ballart community of the future.
In May, Ballarat Mayor Cr Craig Fletcher, supported by the cheers of residents
and schoolchildren, unearthed the original time capsule which was interred
by Mayor Davey in 1867. This capsule included coins and newspapers in a
glass bottle from the golden era, which was discovered unfortunately broken,
under one of the foundation stones of the fountain.
The contents of the original time capsule are on display at Sovereign Hill’s
Gold Museum in Bradshaw St.
The Burke and Wills project was organised by City of Ballarat, The Sovereign
Hill Museums Association, Heritage Victoria, the Department of Education
and Early Childhood Development, The Royal Society of Victoria and the
Ballarat Heritage Advisor y Committee to mark the anniversar y of the Burke
and Wills expedition.
For more information on the Burke and Wills Commemorative Celebrations,
call City of Ballarat Heritage Coordinator Susan Fayad at 5320 5677 or email
Above: Students from Dana Street primary school enjoy selecting items to include in the new time capsule at Sovereign Hill. Pictured are (back) Kylie Mitchell (Dana Street)
and Marion Littlejohn (Sovereign Hill); (front, left to right) Mitchell Baldwinson, Codie Sanderson, Ashley George and Jackson Ansell.
Burke and wIllS
In 1860, Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills set off from
Melbourne with a team of 17 men on an expedition to reach the
Gulf of Carpentaria
The group successfully reached the top of Australia – a distance
of 3,250 kms
Sadly, both Burke and Wills died on the journey home
John King was the only man to travel the entire expedition, returning
to Melbourne in 1861
Six expeditions were sent out in search of Burke and Wills
Despite its tragic result, the expedition completed the mapping of
inland Australia and proved there was no inland sea
In 1867, Ballarat built the Explorer’s Fountain in the city
William Wills; his brother, Tom and their father Dr. William Wills all
lived in Ballarat
There are also monuments to Burke and Wills in Bendigo, Castlemaine,
Beechworth, Fr yerstown, and Royal Park, Melbourne
In November 2009, the Royal Australian Mint issued $1 and 20c coins
to commemorate the 150th anniversar y of the expedition
Last year, Australia Post issued a set of four stamps to mark 150 years
since the expedition.
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