BURIED TREASURE: Justin Lemberg and Tammy Bichel hope to find a time capsule on the school grounds.
BURIED TREASURE: Justin Lemberg and Tammy Bichel hope to find a time capsule on the school grounds. David Nielsen

Hunt on for missing time capsule at Tallegalla Sate School

IF YOU'RE planning on going to Tallegalla State School reunion next month, you might want to bring a metal detector and a shovel.

Decades ago, a time capsule was buried at the school grounds, believed to contain treasured photographs and memorabilia from past students and teachers.

The only problem is, no one can remember where - or exactly when - it was buried.

Tallegalla State School was opened in June 1879 and held classes for 113 years before it closed in 1992 due to low numbers.

The building is now leased by Just Sports and Fitness and used to facilitate functions.

After hearing rumours about the time capsule's existence, fitness instructor and manager of the Tallegalla site, Tammy Bichel, has decided to go on a hunt for it.

"Some people believe the capsule was put into the ground in 1979, in celebration of the school's centenary," Ms Bichel said.

"But there have been other reports that suggest it was buried in the school's final year."

Ms Bichel said a reunion for all past students and staff of Tallegalla State School was being planned for March 29.

She hoped that among the attendees, someone could solve the mystery.

Ms Bichel said she had no idea what was in the time capsule or what material it was buried in.

"We understand that it might be buried in a polyethylene pipe, which would make it difficult to find using metal detectors," she said.

Ipswich councillor David Pahlke said, in terms of local history, time capsules were a valuable window into the past and would be pleased to see Tallegalla's unearthed.

"I encourage any past school students or staff to come forth if they have any information," he said.

If you are able to solve the mystery of the missing capsule, phone Tammy on 0499 996 103.

School history

  • The first teacher was Irish-trained Edward Dunbar.
  • The majority of the early pupils were German and scarcely knew any English.


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