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Mum finds time capsule from December 1990 in her Sydney backyard with a range of nostalgic items

Mom finds a 32 year old ‘time capsule’ in the backyard containing a VERY odd selection of 1990s items – so how many do you recognize?

  • Sydney woman unearthed the glass jar in a backyard that was buried in 1990
  • It contained a newspaper page, condom, lotto ticket, a Ninja Turtle figurine
  • There was also a business card, yoga flyer, tea bag, bank receipt and a stamp
  • The woman shared her find with a popular Facebook group that impressed members

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An Australian mother has discovered a time capsule from 32 years ago in her backyard containing an array of items, including a lotto ticket, newspaper clippings and even a condom.

The Sydney woman found a glass jar in her backyard containing a few random items, including a Virgin-branded condom, a Lotto ticket, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figurine and a page from a newspaper printed in December 1990. .

‘Time capsule unearthed in a backyard in Rozelle Sydney – he’s only 32 years old – but what an eclectic collection!’ she wrote in a post on the Facebook group Old Shops Australia.

A Sydney woman found a 1990 time capsule containing random items, including a Virgin-branded condom, a lotto ticket, a statue of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and a newspaper page

A Sydney woman found a 1990 time capsule containing random items, including a Virgin-branded condom, a lotto ticket, a statue of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and a newspaper page

The capsule also contained a business card for an Italian restaurant in Rozelle, Sydney, called La Bettola, a Westpac transaction record, a Twinings tea bag, a flyer for a “zen meditation yoga” studio, a band-aid, a stamp and matches and coins.

The post caught the attention of nostalgic members and generated hundreds of ‘likes’ and dozens of comments from people who were impressed by her find.

“It’s amazing how much the world has changed, even in just 32 years,” said one woman.

“Looks like he had a good date planned. $110 Italian for dinner, cup of tea and maybe some action afterwards. It seems he was preparing for everything. Looks like it was anticlimactic, but…” another joked.

Also in the capsule was a business card for an Italian restaurant in Rozelle, Sydney, called La Bettola, band-aid, postage stamp as well as matches and coins

Also in the capsule was a business card for an Italian restaurant in Rozelle, Sydney, called La Bettola, band-aid, postage stamp as well as matches and coins

Also in the capsule was a business card for an Italian restaurant in Rozelle, Sydney, called La Bettola, band-aid, postage stamp as well as matches and coins

The post caught the attention of many nostalgic members and generated hundreds of 'likes' and dozens of comments from people who were impressed by her find.

The post caught the attention of many nostalgic members and generated hundreds of 'likes' and dozens of comments from people who were impressed by her find.

The post caught the attention of many nostalgic members and generated hundreds of ‘likes’ and dozens of comments from people who were impressed by her find.

What do the items in the time capsule say about December 1990?

Chelmsford Royal Commission

The headline in the paper was about the royal commission set up in 1988 to investigate complaints against Chelmsford Hospital, where 24 psychiatric patients died while undergoing ‘deep sleep therapy’.

The hospital administered massive doses of drugs to patients as young as 14 to keep them in a coma for up to two weeks. The patients were chained to their beds and fed through a tube and would receive multiple electric shock treatments.

The commission ended in December 1990 and former patients were angry that the commission had not instructed the government to financially compensate them for their trauma.

virgin condoms

In 1987, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Richard Branson launched a range of youth condoms off the back of Virgin, which then specialized only in records and air travel.

Branson sold the company just a year later, but many stuck with the rare prophylactic with the famous Virgin logo on its packaging.

1990 was in the midst of the AIDS epidemic – and condoms were seen as a crucial part of the fight to stop its spread.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

During the height of the cartoon’s popularity, Topps Chewing Company released a line of chewing gum packaged in figurines of the show’s four main characters – Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello.

Restaurant La Botella

La Botella was an Italian seafood restaurant on Rozelle’s main Darling Street that closed in the late 1990s.

It’s now Indian cuisine, but passers-by can still spot a reminder of what it used to be through the ‘gourmet pizza’ and ‘seafood restaurant’ signs atop the building.

Kookaburra Stamp

The 38 cent stamp was a special Christmas edition featuring two kookaburras in a tree with baubles and gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The value has not increased much over the years and there are stamp collectors selling sheets for about $5

“Virgin condoms… Oxymoron,” a third laughed and a fourth replied, “I’m sure Twinings would still be a good drop of tea.”

Many wondered if fate was a winner, while others reminisced about the since-closed restaurant La Bettola and news reports from the newspaper.

“I hope they checked the lot before it was packed!” a user has responded.

“I remember going to that Italian restaurant and closing it around 2000-2005?” a second remembered.

“The Chelmsford issue I vividly remember the news reports,” said a third, referring to the front page of the paper about the controversial psychiatric hospital.