Tallegalla school time capsules to be opened on Saturday

TREASURE TROVE: Tammy Bichel shows off some of the items found by metal detectors searching for the lost time capsules at Tallegalla State School.
TREASURE TROVE: Tammy Bichel shows off some of the items found by metal detectors searching for the lost time capsules at Tallegalla State School. Gary Worrall

WITH many hours of research behind her, Tammy Bichel said she's closer to solving the mystery of the Tallegalla time capsules.

With a plan to locate and open two time capsules at this weekend's open day at the former Tallegalla State School, Tammy said there is only one slight hitch - it turns out there are actually three time capsules buried around the grounds.

"We have located the entire class of 1992, the year the school closed, and hopefully they will all be there on Saturday," Tammy Bichel said.

"I have also met Mrs Munro, the widow of the longest-serving principal of the old school. She is 94, and has said she would like to be there on Saturday as well."

With a strong response from Gatton star readers, Tammy said she has been given strong leads on the location of all three time capsules, although she said it was a big surprise when she was told of the extra treasure.

"We are confident we know where they are, but so far they have eluded our metal detector, so we have enlisted the help of a ground-penetrating x-ray machine to be sure of where we are digging."

Even if the time capsules refuse to give up their secrets, Tammy said there will be plenty of memorabilia on display, with a number of former students offering to bring in old uniforms and even commemorative buttons from the school's golden jubilee.

The open day starts at 10am Saturday at the Old Tallegalla State School, Tallegalla School Rd, Tallegalla.

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