The City of Whittlesea, in partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Authority Victoria, Heritage Victoria and archaeologists from Dr Vincent Clark and Associates, is hosting public archaeology events including lectures and an exhibition focusing on the pre-contact and historical cultural heritage of the Mernda area, north of Melbourne in Victoria, during National Archaeology Week 2018.
An exhibition of excavated material, heritage interpretation panels, maps and photographs will provide information about the excavation of the very early 1841 Bridge Inn Hotel on the banks of the Plenty River, which also revealed intriguing evidence of Aboriginal and European settler contact. Excavation of the Old Bridge Inn site, funded by the Level Crossing Removal Authority, is the first ever ‘offset’ project in Victoria by a public authority.
The display Unearthed: A Shared Heritage will be open to the public at the City of Whittlesea Civic Centre from 21 May to 29 June 2018. Two special events have been organised to celebrate:
Victorian Launch of National Archaeology Week!
10-11am, Monday 21 May 2018
The launch will include two public lectures:
- The Archaeology of the Old Bridge Inn – Dr Michelle Negus Cleary.
- Historical Survey of the South Morang to Mernda Heritage Railway Line – Jasmine Scibilia.
Family Open Day
10am-2pm, Saturday 26 May 2018
The open day will include public talks between 11am and 12 noon:
- Bottles, Bullets and Teacups: Artefacts from the Old Bridge Inn – Bronwyn Woff and Dr Michelle Negus Cleary.
- Recent Archaeological Projects in Plenty Gorge Park – Jeremy Smith.
After the talks, the archaeologists will be available to chat for the rest of the day.
Location: City of Whittlesea Civic Centre, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
For more information, contact: Colleen Lazenby, Heritage Coordinator, City of Whittlesea, Colleen.Lazenby@whittlesea.vic.gov.au