Media Release

Online Time Capsule for Australia's Country Towns


Federation Square

Residents and visitors to Australia's country towns are being invited to add their personal stories about their towns as part of an 'Online Time Capsule' that will be streamed in real time to a multimedia exhibition at Federation Square.


The multimedia website is aimed at creating an online time capsule about Australians and their personal stories in the lead up to Australia Day and will become a permanent growing feature.

The online portal will gather crowd sourced histories and will showcase them to world at -

Jane Sydenham-Clarke from Federation Square said, "The Federation Story website is about reflecting Australia's very diverse multicultural community and the personal stories of members of the community where ever they may be and Australia's country towns play a rich part of the nation's history."

The Fed Square Online Time Capsule is easy to access and submit a story along with a photo. People can provide an ideal snapshot of a country town, members of the community or a story about the formation of the local CWA branch, footy and cricket clubs, the history of the local paper, local pub or local fire brigade.

Marysville, devastated by the Black Saturday fires, will celebrate its 150th birthday on Australia Day and has already commenced to add its story to the portal.

Dave Stirling, Chairman of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce said, "The community is keen to have past residents and visitors to Marysville to rally in support of the township on the website with their stories and memories of the town before and after the fires."

Ms Sydenham- Clarke said, "Once the stories are included people can link to their Facebook or Twitter accounts and spread the story to their family and friends".

"As Australia Day approaches and stirs the memories of millions of people who received their citizenship, and the expectations of many who are about to receive their citizenship certificate, it is timely to reflect on what it means to be Australian."

"By providing themes we are creating a framework for people to submit their stories into their areas of interest and on subjects on which they may wish to make a contribution."

"While Federation Square is located in Melbourne we are seeking submissions from all over Australia to reflect Australia's national character."

Australians are invited to add their story at

Media Enquiries:
Ron Smith, Corporate Media Communications, Fed Square - Mobile: 0417 329 201