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Hole in the River

March 1, 2011

Image Credit: Janes Oceania

There’s a hole in the river where a memory lies
From the land of the living to the air and sky
~ Crowded House

At least two time capsules have been discovered underneath earthquake damaged Christchurch with the man who found them saying the mayor was so excited when it was handed to him it was “like he’d won the lottery”.

Two time capsules were discovered in Cathedral Square under the plinth of a statute of John Robert Godley, damaged in the quake. One was a small glass capsule while the other was a large metal-like object. 

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said the discovery was “remarkable”.

There were also reports of a third capsule in the square.

Museum director Anthony Wright said he had been told rescue teams had also found a time capsule that was in the base of the cross that came off ChristChurch Cathedral in the Square.

“We have no idea what’s in the cathedral one.”

The first task would be to stabilise the paper found in the half-smashed glass bottle.

Wright said the time capsule smells a bit like blue cheese and two words could be made out: “by” and “erected”.

“People would love to know what’s in it,” said Wright.

The age of the time capsules is not known. There were several opportunities to put the capsules under the plinth of the John Robert Godley statue – one when it was first erected in 1867, or when it was returned to its original site in 1933, after being removed in 1918 to make way for a tram shelter and toilets, which were later demolished.

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