Time capsules

There are four time capsules located in and near Cairns city.

Cairns Performing Arts Centre

This capsule was originally located in the gardens of the former Cairns Civic Theatre (on the same site), having been positioned to mark the completion of that project in 1973.  The capsule was removed and securely stored during construction of the new Cairns Performing Arts Centre, and was installed in its new location in the foyer prior to the building's official opening in December 2018.

It contains history on people who served in World War 2, the 51st RQR, the Mayor at that time and other notable people of Cairns. This capsule is due to be opened in 2073.

Cairns Esplanade

This time capsule is buried on the Cairns Esplanade, adjacent to Fogarty Park.

It was placed to mark the completion of the Esplanade redevelopment project in 2004. This capsule is due to be opened in October 2024.

Council administration building

This time capsule is under the specially designed paving square immediately outside the gate at the southern end of the Cairns Regional Council administration building in Spence Street.

The capsule was sealed on 4 June 1999 to commemorate Queensland Day celebrations. It contains 45 items contributed by a wide cross-section of the community, with special messages to the people of Cairns and district to be opened in the year 2099.

Cairns Cenotaph

In 1925, the Cairns Cenotaph was unveiled at the intersection of Abbott and Shields Streets. It was relocated to its current location on 21 April 1972, forming part of the Cairns War Memorial site, dedicated to the memory of those who served.

In line with redevelopment of the site, the time capsule was unearthed and additional items were included. The time capsule containing 148 objects from the Cairns RSL Sub Branch, Cairns Regional Council and the former Cairns City Council  was encased and buried here in commemoration of the Centenary of Armistice 2018. It is intended to be unearthed on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2068.

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Last updated: 04 February 2019