Tree of Knowledge Craned into Perth Library

A weeping fig being craned into the new library.
A weeping fig being craned into the new library.

A LARGE weeping fig tree was lifted by crane through the roof of the new City of Perth Library last week.

The tree of knowledge will live inside the children’s section of the Hay Street library, which will be completed later this year.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said a time capsule containing a letter from her, a six-coin set marking the 50th anniversary of the Royal Australian Mint and a photo of the City of Perth’s elected members was placed under the tree to inspire future generations.

“The history of the City of Perth Library began with the establishment of the Swan River Mechanics’ Institute (1851-1909),” Ms Scaffidi said.

“When the original Swan River Mechanics’ Institute building of 1851 was demolished to make way for the newer building in 1897, coins from 1845 and 1846 were found, and these inspired the idea of a time capsule.”