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Past is unearthed to show shoe still fits


Larissa Nicholson

From left: David Harasti, 37, of Nelson Bay with his artwork unearthed, shows fellow former students, Kelly Boulton, 36, of Charnwood,
 Michael Vanzetti, 37, of Dunlop and the school's original janitor, Hans Bachinger. Click for more photos

Unearthing the past at Miles Franklin Primary School

Former students help to dig it up and reveal the contents of 25 year old time capsules at Miles Franklin Primary School. Photo: Graham Tidy

Twenty-five years ago, David Harasti drew a picture of one of his running shoes for his school's time capsule.

The year 6 student felt sure with the power of progress walking to get around would soon be a thing of the past.

''We thought in 25 years time we won't be wearing shoes, we'll all be wearing roller skates and hover boards, so I drew a shoe to show us what shoes used to look like,'' the now marine scientist laughed on Friday.

The shoe Mr Harasti drew, a Dunlop kt26, is still available in stores, but when Miles Franklin Primary School in Evatt invited former students back to dig up their time capsules there were some blasts from the past.

Video and cassette tapes were familiar items for the adults in the audience, but perhaps much less so for the youngest children.

A 25-year-old school uniform complete with matching underwear and a student's name sewn inside the dress got a laugh from the students.

Principal Chris Jones said the school would rebury the items, along with some 2012 objects, to be dug up when the current students were men and women in their 30s.

''There will be lots of paintings, lots of drawings, lots of things to do with technology, because that's where we see the biggest change will be in 25 years time,'' he said.

The school's janitor Hans Bachinger buried the capsule in 1987 when he was just two years into the job, and after years of looking after the school facilities and coaching students in several different sports, he retired in October this year.

Mr Bachinger said primary school children had become more assertive over the years.

''I think kids today are a lot smarter … they stand up for themselves a lot more, they're not frightened to speak up when they want to speak up, it's very good,'' he said.

Two copies of The Canberra Times were buried with the capsules, one with a front page story about public tours of the soon to be completed Parliament House.

The other reported on fire and health hazards at Canberra's hospitals.

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