LOOKING BACK: The 1969 Allora State School football team, 14-year-old Perry Cronin is in the back row, second from the right.
LOOKING BACK: The 1969 Allora State School football team, 14-year-old Perry Cronin is in the back row, second from the right. Contributed

TIME CAPSULE: Treasure trove of history 4ft under in Allora

EVERY Sunday, Perry Cronin steps over an old plaque on his way into the Allora Regional Sports Museum and knows a recording of his 14-year-old voice is buried four feet under his shoes.

The 63-year-old Allora man can't quite remember what he and a bunch of school mates said on that cassette recording fifty years ago, but it won't be long before he finds out.

A snapshot of Allora history will be revealed when a time capsule sunk in 1969 is uncovered in the coming months.

Originally meant to last 100 years, Sports Museum president Mr Cronin said the community decided to dig up the relic 50 years early for the Allora 150th Anniversary celebrations.

Mr Cronin remembers the day the capsule was buried.

"A cassette player was the new thing out and we thought it was the marvel of the world,” he recalled.

Allora residents are getting ready to dig up a snapshot of the past held in a 50-year-old time capsule they buried outside the Allora Regional Sports Museum in 1969.
Allora residents are getting ready to dig up a snapshot of the past held in a 50-year-old time capsule they buried outside the Allora Regional Sports Museum in 1969. Contributed

"We sat around and recorded ourselves on this cassette - all the classmates and I think the councillors got onto it too.”

There were other things buried in the capsule like newspaper clippings, letters from local businesses, photographs, postcards and other memorabilia of the day.

Mr Cronin said he was dying to dig it up and see inside.

"Fifty years has knocked my brain around a bit, I tell you. So it will be interesting to see what it is in there,” he said.

On July 20, a new capsule will be sunk in the same place, containing the old relics and new materials from today.

Mr Cronin said everyone in Allora was enthralled by the idea and had started putting together items to contribute.

"We are going to have a public day where everyone in the shire can come and get their face on a DVD and say hello and in 50 years time they can dig it up and say 'wasn't that Perry a good lookin' fella',” he said.

TROPHIES GALORE: Allora Sports Museum organiser Perry Cronin near the entrance to the museum.
TROPHIES GALORE: Allora Sports Museum organiser Perry Cronin near the entrance to the museum. Gerard Walsh

Mr Cronin said a lot had changed in five decades, and not all for the best.

"The town has grown in the number of houses and there are different businesses now,” he said.

"Once upon a time it was a real rural town. We used to have cattle and pig sales in town, had a massive dairy industry all around and the grain industry has gone.”

But some things have improved, like materials for building a time capsule.

"The old one was made out of PVC, which was just new back then. We hope it hasn't cracked or got any leaks because the stuff inside will be ruined,” Mr Cronin said.

Officers from the Queensland Museum will be there for the uncovering to document and help make sure the old materials are preserved.



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