“Maybe the park will be changed with some big slides,” Lambton’s Mia Witherdin, 4, said.
“Maybe there will be cars driving by themselves,” Lucas Wang, 5, said.
The pair have been thinking hard about what life in their suburb could look like in 100-years time. They will participate in the burial of a time capsule at the Lambton Park Memorial Gates on Saturday, October 20, with other children from Elder Street Early Childhood Centre and local schools.
The event’s organisers are hoping Lucas and Mia will be among the Novocastrians who re-open the stainless steel box in 2118.
The time capsule project, led by Council and community historian Robert Watson, was inspired by a makeshift capsule buried beneath the memorial gates in 1918 by a group of Lambton women. The glass bottle, exhumed two weeks ago, contained a story from the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners Advocate and coins.
The new capsule will be buried on Saturday at 10am to mark 100 years since the gates’ foundation stone was laid on October 19, 1918. Objects from the 1918 capsule will be on display.
Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes invited Newcastle residents to be part of an “important piece of local history”.
“Hopefully some of the little people with us today will be around with us in a hundred years and can remember the day we buried the time capsule, and keep that tradition going,” Cr Nelmes said.
“It can be this beautiful tradition that goes on for centuries.”
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