Burying the past for future generations
FOR thousands of years, Australian Aboriginals have been making time capsules.
They adorn caves and other traditional land throughout the country and tell of stories important to Aboriginal people.
This week in Grafton, Aboriginal Elders from throughout the Clarence Valley gathered with their stories for a modern equivalent.
They had their memories frozen in time, to be released from their time capsule in 30 years.
Clarence Valley Community Programs (CVCP) Elders Club coordinator, Janelle Brown, said the capsule, buried at the rear of one of centre's buildings in Kemp Street, contained 'bits and pieces of everything'.
The project was timed to coincide with Seniors Week, and includes stories about their life in the Clarence Valley, crocheted materials, photos and other memorabilia.
The site was chosen because heritage orders exist over the buildings, and the Elders felt there was little chance of their memories being disturbed before their scheduled release.
It will also have a plaque cemented into the ground as added protection.
Ms Brown said the project was an initiative of the Elders Club, but received support from the Clarence Valley Council.
"The whole community got behind it," she said.
"It was great to see children from Clarence Valley schools also attend."