LINK TO HOME: Mayor Mal Forman will travel to Canberra with Paul Neville after being invited by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to present the capsule.
LINK TO HOME: Mayor Mal Forman will travel to Canberra with Paul Neville after being invited by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to present the capsule. Contributed

Time capsule to travel from Bundaberg to Italy

A TIME capsule linking Bert Hinkler to Bundaberg will make its way to be part of the Hinkler Ring hiking trail in Italy next month.

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said he would travel to Canberra along with Paul Neville on the invitation from Prime Minister Tony Abbott to present the capsule.

"The capsule is Bert Hinkler's link to Bundaberg," Cr Forman said.

"Council have produced a small presentation case holding a piece of Welsh slate roofing tile and four floorboard nails from Hinkler's home. The items were supplied by Lex Rowland who is a trustee of the Hinkler Hall of Aviation.

"It will be part of a new memorial which will be part of the Hinkler Ring - a hiking trail that will encompass locations including the crash site where Hinkler's body was discovered."

Mr Neville, the deputy chair of the Hinkler Committee, said the capsule would be buried alongside the rock from Mon Repos and would complete the Hinkler circle.

"The walking track in the mountains would be around the sight where Bert crashed his plane and died," Mr Neville said.

He said along with the Hinkler memorabilia would be a letter from Prime Minister Abbott and the capsule would not be opened for at least 100 years.

"Hinkler is significant person and one of greatest solo flyers," he said.



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