This year, the Townsville Chamber of Commerce celebrates our 140th anniversary.
Launching the celebrations, Mayor Jenny Hill held a Civic Reception in the Mayoral forecourt of the Townsville City Council Chambers on the evening of May 31, 2022. The same day the inaugural board held its first meeting in 1882.
Located in the forecourt is a time capsule that was sealed into the walls 40 years ago commemorating the organisations’ 100th year. The capsule is set to be opened by Townsville residents in May 2082.
In 1982 the Townsville community was supportive and jubilant regarding the ‘Time Capsule 2082’ event. Many contributions were received from local supporters, business and commercial organisations, the armed forces, religious leaders, and the media.
Members of the Chamber at the time contributed items to the capsule, many in sealed envelopes.
The contents of these letters will not be known until 2082 when the descendants of the contributors open the letters. Other items of note are cassettes, a ceremonial aboriginal pole, books and publications, a miniature radio, and a letter from Balmoral Castle along with the crest of the Royal Yacht Britannia.
An essay competition held at the time received over 1,000 entries from school students in Townsville and North Queensland. Two winning entries have been included in the capsule. One winner of the essay competition was 12-year-old Siobhan Molloy who still remembers the event fondly.
Siobhan’s essay discusses her pride in Townsville, the newly opened International Airport, and the tourist attractions on offer. Siobhan captures the spirit of Townsville and local pride in being a resident.
With the contents sealed, and mostly unknown, it was fortunate that Siobhan retained a copy of the winning essay. This was proudly reproduced for display at the event, along with other historical items of the Chamber on display.
Future events to celebrate the 140th year will be held throughout 2022. If you are interested in reconnecting with Chamber, have a great story to share, or have items you wish to display, please contact Chamber on either 07 4771 2729 or [email protected].