A time capsule letter hidden in the wall cavity of a Sydney home over two decades ago predicted Islam would become ‘the next ideological problem’ and China would grow into a world superpower.
While renovating the bathroom of a Rozella home tradesman Sasha Ilic found the typed letter sealed in protective plastic inside a wall cavity in the city’s inner west.
‘Hello whoever you are,’ the letter read.
‘This letter was put into this stud wall on Easter Saturday, 15th April, 1995. It is pissing down and so a good day to be renovating.’
In 1995, Greg Wilkinson, who was aged 49, wrote the letter which claimed that Islam would prove to be the ‘next ideological problem’ and boasted that multicultural Australia would remain the ‘envy of the world, whatever happens’.
A time capsule letter hidden in the wall cavity (pictured above) of a Sydney home over two decades ago predicted Islam would become ‘the next ideological problem’
The three-page letter, written by then 49-year-old Greg Wilkinson, was typed up on Word for Windows V5.0 on a ‘top of the scale’ laptop
While typing the three-page letter Word for Windows V5.0 used on ‘top of the scale’ 486 laptop with a whopping 8 megabytes of RAM and 240MB hard drive.
In comparison, the standard computer in 2017 typically features 8GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive – equivalent to over 1500 times the size and speed of Mr Wilkinson’s machine.
Greg Wilkinson time capsule letter was written six years before the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, which would spark a 15 year U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan and lead to regular terrorist attacks in the West.
‘Islam will become the next ideological problem sparking an equal and opposite reaction plunging large parts of the globe in a ridiculous ‘holy war’,’ he wrote.
‘Factions within either doctrine will also suffer this holier than thou attitude and this war will go on for a very long time.’
In the time capsule he predicted that China would become ‘a world economic superpower’ with the United States as its largest trading partner and his prediction became true today.
‘China will gear up as a world economic super power,’ Mr Wilkinson predicted
Mr Wilkinson’s (pictured) time capsule letter was written six years before the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, which would spark a 15 year U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan
Not all of his predictions were bang on the money though.
‘Paul Keating is Prime Minister. He is pushing hard for Australia to become a Republic by the year 2000. He is a real go-getter, seen as arrogant but street wise,’ he wrote.
‘He is a strong leader with very little opposition at all and I think he will be in for a long time.’
While writing the prediction he didn’t know that the popular Labor leader would serve for five years, only to be ousted by John Howard who would hold the position for the next nine years.
While sharing other insights into everyday life in the 20th century, he revealed that a case of ‘really popular’ Carlton Cold beer cost $24.95 (compared to a $50 case of Carlton Draught today), while one litre of fuel would set you back just $0.68.
‘The big deal at the moment is the Internet,’ Mr Wilkinson wrote in the letter.
‘This is just exploding and every man and his dog wants to ‘surf’ the internet. Please tell me this expression has now died.’
Tradesman Sasha Ilic found the typed letter sealed in protective plastic with an old newspaper while renovating the bathroom of a Rozelle home (pictured)
The prediction letter of Mr Wilkinson was posted on Facebook and before long Mr Wilkinson was found using the power of social media.
‘Who would have thought back then that (Facebook) was how it would be exposed,’ Mr Wilkinson, now aged 61, wrote online.
‘At first when I saw the letter up on Facebook I felt a little violated… Then having thought about it and with the predictions it really highlighted the progress of the internet in 22 years and, without it, how would they ever have found me?’ he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘I received a Facebook messenger request and a very nice guy asked if I was the right guy and pointed me to it… and there it was. It almost brought me to tears.’
Mr Wilkinson signed off at the end of the letter and was quickly found on social media. Other social media users uploaded photos of their own capsule letter finds (pictured above)