Institutions

ISCA Heritage Category Review Survey

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) is currently undertaking a review of the IS rating scheme and as part of that review, ISCA is updating the Heritage Category. By aspiring to go beyond ‘business as usual’ in how we manage and advocate Heritage within infrastructure, great outcomes can be achieved for industry, government and …

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UPCOMING EVENT: Lecture by MoLA Head of Community Archaeology

The University of Sydney presents a lecture by Nathalie Cohen, Head of Community Archaeology at the Museum of London Archaeology: Knole Unlocked- The secret history of a country mansion. This lecture will take place on 17 August 2017, and the evening will include champagne and pies. Knole is one of England’s largest country houses and …

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UPCOMING EVENT: Googong Site Tours

Navin Officer Heritage Consultants (NOHC) archaeologists have begun work unearthing some of the Canberra region’s early European settlement – a lost nineteenth century schoolhouse in Googong. The dig is being run by Googong Township Pty Ltd in partnership with NOHC and is part of the extensive environmental and heritage survey works being undertaken at Googong. …

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EXCAVATION NEWS: Googong school house, NSW

A 19th century school house has been excavated as part of developments in Googong, NSW. The excavation involved consultant and ANU student archaeologists, and recieved visits from local school children. Artefacts including slate pencils were found among the foundations. For more information, please see the following links: http://www.theage.com.au/act-news/anu-archaeologists-unearth-19th-century-history-at-googong-20170605-gwkgqy.html http://www.archaeology.org/news/5605-170605-australia-school-house

Sydney’s GPO for sale

Members in New South Wales and beyond may be interested in the following article which discusses the upcoming sale of the Heritage Listed Sydney GPO, which was opened in 1874, by Australia Post. For more information, please see the following link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-01/historic-sydney-building-being-sold-despite-heritage-concerns/8578782?platform=hootsuite    

EXCAVATION NEWS: Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney

The Hyde Parks Barracks website has recently been rediscovered, and has been suggested as a ‘blast from the past’ for the blog. The website includes various images of excavations from the 1980’s, which you can check out here: https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/stories/archaeology-action-hyde-park-barracks An excerpt from the page states: In 1979 a major restoration of Hyde Park Barracks was …

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ARTEFACT OF THE MONTH: Pentridge Prison Fork

This cutlery fork that was recovered from excavations of a large rubbish pit at Pentridge Prison, located to the north of Melbourne. The assemblage is thought to date to the mid-nineteenth century and this particular artefact was chosen as a representative example of the many cutlery items recovered during the excavations. It is a utilitarian …

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RESEARCH NEWS: Landscapes of Production and Punishment: the Tasman Peninsula 1830-77

Submitted by Dr Richard Tuffin, Project Archaeologist, PAHSMA In the last round of grants awarded by the Australian Research Council, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers was awarded funds for a three year project examining landscapes of convict labour. Titled Landscapes of Production and Punishment: the Tasman Peninsula 1830-77, the project commences in April of this …

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EXCAVATION NEWS: Port Arthur Penitentiary

Last year was a big year for archaeology at the Port Arthur Historic Site. Over a seven month period, we managed to excavate the full extent of the area at the rear of the Penitentiary. Converted between 1854-56 from an 1840s flour mill and granary, the Penitentiary we see today only represents one small part …

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