Mayor of Knox celebrates cairn restoration with The Basin community

The restored cairn with attendees on the day. Picture: SUPPLIED

By Lynette Hayhurst

A final celebration for the unveiling of the restored cairn (monument) which housed the 1967 time capsule was held on Sunday 1st May 2022.

Earlier in the year The Basin Centenary time capsule was recovered from the cairn and has been on display at Millers Homestead in The Basin.

Excitement, joy and a warm atmosphere were on display as community leaders, locals and the Mayor of Knox Susan Laukens, Jude Dwight Chandler Ward councilor and Pat Hetrel along with long-time and new residents of The Basin and outlining areas came together for this special occasion.

A small but wonderful team of talented performers burst forth on the Basin Triangle Sound Shell stage in the Triangle Park in The Basin. Performers included Phil Strummer a talented busker, Steve Lomas on the piano keyboard, Alex Lee on acoustic guitar, Clay Mercuri singer and guitarist and the Knox U3A Ukulele Muster Group. They all entertained and delighted the audience.

Our MC was the unofficial Mayor of The Basin Allan Small a well-known and respected and longtime volunteer of The Basin Fire Brigade. Historic families including the Chandlers and Dobsons came along and participated in the unveiling by the owner of Como Gardens Pat Hetrel and Michael Dobson.

Current leaders of Knox in their speeches acknowledged and honored one of the central figures of the 1967 centenary planning team Barbara Stephens and the many others who make this such a vibrant and connected community.