Capsule to be opened soon

MICHAEL WRIGHT
Last updated 08:42 30/03/2011

Relevant offers

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Five questions to mark five years since September 2010 New walking trail through Christchurch's red-zone Christchurch rebuild agencies rate poorly in infrastructure industry survey New Sabin Holloway exhibition captures aftermath of Christchurch earthquake Ann Brower: Fix the parapets first Chemical company lend hand to housing scheme No appeal after Graeme Robinson incompetence claims quashed Brooklands: The town the Government couldn't kill Judge: Cera's slow demolitions not to blame for arsons Aftershock: Fiona Farrell's white-hot response to the Christchurch earthquake

The second secret of Christchurch's John Robert Godley statue should be revealed next month.

Two capsules were found underneath the toppled statue of the man considered the founding father of Canterbury after last month's quake.

One was a glass bottle with a hand-written note detailing the statue's shift to a site beside Christ Church Cathedral in 1918.

The other was a sealed copper tube.

Canterbury Museum director Anthony Wright said it planned to hold a public unveiling of the cylinder as soon as the museum's laboratories were open.

"We want to have the controlled conditions of the conservation lab as a backdrop to it," he said. "It's just a safety net, I suppose.

"If we find what's inside is extremely crumbly, we might need to take some sort of action."

Wright said the museum had weathered the quake well and planned to reopen the labs about April 11.

It was hoped Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker would open the capsule.

The "fairly hefty" copper pipe was 40 centimetres long and 12cm in diameter. "It feels like it's full of stuff to me," Wright said.

The Godley statue, which was unveiled in 1867, had been moved twice. It was shifted back to its current site in 1933.

Wright said it was thought the capsule contained a record of events between those years.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which memorial design do you like most?

Memorial Wall with a reflective pond

Table and Chairs

A Green and Peaceful Landscape

Call and Response

Riverside Promenade

A Curved and Inclusive Memorial Wall

Vote Result

Related story: Christchurch earthquake memorial designs unveiled

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content