THE opening of the newly refurbished McCrae lighthouse on 28 September will coincide with the placing of a time capsule to give people in the future a glimpse into the lives of people today.
The lighthouse, built in England in 1874, was shipped out and assembled on the McCrae foreshore in 1883 and shone bright for the next 111 years before being retired in 1994.
In preparation for its official opening after a significant refurbishment thanks to a $1 million grant from Heritage Victoria, the McCrae and District Lions Club is calling on community input for a time capsule to be buried on site.
Club spokesman Tony Leonard said letters, photos and small items that would fit into an A4 envelope could be suitable, and encouraged community members to contact the Lions Club.
The capsule will be opening 25 years after being placed.
The refurbishment has returned the 33.5 metre high lighthouse – Port Phillip’s tallest – to its former glory inside and out. It has been painted from its current colour of greyish silver to its original bright white.
The club can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0424 244 121.