The time capsule concept commenced in 1977 when the first one was buried in the Shire Office Lawn by the then Governor of Victoria Sir Henry Winneke. It was opened to coincide with Fosters 150th birthday celebrations in 2020. The question then arose about the future of the capsule which was still in good condition. The Rotary Club of Foster was prepared to take on the responsibility of having it checked over and prepared to be used again. In addition the club was prepared to arrange for the sale and cataloguing of a new batch of envelopes to be used by the community.
In April 1921 Paul Harris the founder of Rotary sent some emissary’s from headquarters in America to Australia to start Rotary in this country. The first Rotary club in Australia was the Melbourne club. Because Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific ultimately became the Oceania zone ,Rotary is celebrating the centenary of the zone in 2021. Each club in the Zone has been asked to identify a Centenary Project and our project is the time capsule.
From the end of August 2020 each Rotarian as well as the Foster Post Office will have envelopes for sale at $20 each. The envelopes can be deposited at the Post Office in a specially marked bin and will be collated and registered by the club before placement in the newly embellished capsule. This new capsule will be interred in the Museum grounds at Foster later this year and reopened in 2070.