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The time capsule commemorates the centenary of Mount Gambier in 1976. 

Hastings Cunningham founded "Gambierton" in 1854 by subdividing a block of 77 acres (31 ha). From 1861 to 1878 the Post Office was known by this name before reverting to Mount Gambier. Local government appeared in 1863 when Dr Wehl, who now owned a substantial millhouse on Commercial Road, was elected chairman of the District Council of Mount Gambier. In December 1864 this became the District Council of Mount Gambier West and, at the same time, a separate District Council of Mount Gambier East was formed.

Incorporation in 1876 saw a further division, with the creation of the Town Council and Mr John Watson elected Mayor. Mount Gambier was governed in this fashion until 1932, when the District Council of East and West merged to form a single District Council of Mount Gambier once more.

On 9 December 1954, Mount Gambier was officially declared a city, and is now an important tourism centre in south-east South Australia.


Address:Commercial Street East , Mount Gambier, 5290
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.828881
Long: 140.781575
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1876
Approx. Event End Date:1976


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 6th March, 1976
Front Inscription

This Plaque Marks The Site Of A Time
Capsule Commemorating The Centenary
Of The City Of Mount Gambier.  It Was
Donated To The City By Advertiser
Newspapers Limited, And Radio 5SE.

The Time Capsule Was Officially Sealed
On Saturday, March 6th, 1976, By
His Worship, The Mayor
Mr. Archibald Llewellyn Sealey, J.P. 

The Time Capsule
Is To Be Opened

Source: MA
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