Something to remember us by: Batty’s time capsule a truly local creation

BACK TO THE FUTURE: David Kingham, Sam Batty and Scott Ferguson with the time capsule set to be unearthed in 2118. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA.
BACK TO THE FUTURE: David Kingham, Sam Batty and Scott Ferguson with the time capsule set to be unearthed in 2118. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA.

As a descendant from our region’s original settler, 20-year-old Sam Batty is a true Blayney local. 

Sam has descended from John Lister, the stalwart early timer who in 1851 discovered gold, endured harsh beginnings and settled our shire.

It is no surprise that in 1914 the Batty and Clements men of Mr Batty’s family stepped up to serve in the Great War.

Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, a special day for our region and for the Battys.

To honour our veterans, Blayney Council commissioned fourth year fitter and machinist Mr Batty to construct a time capsule.

“When Scott Denton asked me to build a time capsule to last 100 years I knew I had my work cut out,” he said.

Made from hardened stainless steel, the capsule will be buried near Carrington Park Memorial, to be open ed in 100 years on November 11, 2118.

The capsule contains the thoughts of what war means to our region’s youth. 

The eight schools of the Blayney Shire have contributed poems, stories, photographs and memorabilia. Blayney and Lyndhurst RSL have also contributed special items.

Councillor Dr Scott Denton said it was an important day.

“It is a time for young and old to come together and reflect on the sacrifices made by the men and women of generation’s past, sacrifices that allow us to enjoy our very special Australian way of life,: he said. 

The capsule along with samples of its contents were on display at the Armistice Day lunch sponsored by Blayney Council in honour of RSL members.