Find shines light on church history

CHRIS GARDNER
Last updated 08:03 19/11/2012

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The contents of a time capsule planted in a Hamilton church sat undisturbed for a century, so a seven-month wait to discover what was inside was no drama.

The time capsule, buried with the foundation stone of Hemi Tapu Maori Anglican Church on the corner of Massey and Lyon streets in Frankton, was discovered in May during a ceremony marking the start of renovations to the building which celebrates its centenary this month.

On Saturday Ruth Clarke, widow of the late Archdeacon Tony Clarke who was minister at the church when it was handed over by the Methodist Church to the Anglican Church nearly 40 years ago, handed the glass preserving jar used as a time capsule to Waikato Museum staff, who carefully opened it for all to see.

"There was a letter . . . in beautiful handwriting, which said they started to discuss building a church there in 1911.

"It mentioned the people who put the foundation stone in," she said.

‘There was also the quarterly report from the Methodist Circuit and copy of the service sheet for when the foundation stone was laid."

The time capsule also included the November 5, 1912, edition of the Waikato Times. Mrs Clarke said that she was impressed with the respect the museum accorded the time capsule when it was opened.

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