Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson


    Millennium time capsule project nears completion

    12/10/2000 11:50 AM

    A father-and-son team are putting the finishing touches to a 2m high wood and steel time capsule to be displayed in the foyer of the Swan Bells and opened in the year 2100.

    Dieter and Werner Ducke, of D&D Technical Model Associates in East Perth, have been commissioned to complete the $15,000 time capsule.

    The capsule will contain electronically stored messages, written by Western Australians, and will be opened in 100 years’ time.

    Back-up versions of the messages will be stored on microfilm and kept at the Battye Library.

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Rob Johnson urged all Western Australians to become a part of history and get involved in the Message for the Future project.

    “The time capsule will provide a unique and valuable social history and insight into the lives and aspirations of Western Australians as we enter the celebratory period for the Centenary of Federation,” Mr Johnson said.

    Mr Johnson said the time capsule featured the Southern Cross, etched into a futuristic sail. A central cylinder would house the CD-ROMS.

    “It was considered essential to retain the futuristic theme of the bell tower in the design, with its protective sails and striking spire,” he said.

    “The powder-coated steel base on which the capsule and sails sit makes reference to WA’s mineral wealth, especially in iron ore.

    “The crest of the Western Australian Government on one sail personalises the time capsule to WA.”

    Mr Johnson said on completion, the time capsule would weigh about 115kg. It was designed by JamesCAD-3D Modelling and Rendering.

    People can leave a Message for the Future at Messages can also be submitted in writing to the Office of Citizenship and Multicultural Interests at 2nd floor, 81 St George’s Terrace, Perth, 6000.

    Media contact: Fran Hodge (08) 9215 4800