Digging up the past at Mooroolbark
05 Jun 2020
It’s 1887, and a newly built Station Master’s House becomes home for the first ever Station Master at Mooroolbark Station. More than one hundred years later, the house is no longer standing, but a team of archaeologists are preparing to dig up its past as part of the Manchester Road Level Crossing Removal Project.
Local history is an important consideration for all of our level crossing removal projects. This is why we work closely with Heritage Victoria, local councils and community groups to understand the history of areas where we’re removing level crossings. The Station Master’s House at Mooroolbark was listed on the Victorian Heritage Inventory earlier this year, so we’re hoping to discover a slice of Mooroolbark history before major construction works begin.
The archaeological dig is due to take place in the Mooroolbark Station car park towards the start of July and hopes to uncover structural footings and outbuildings from the original house, as well as artefacts or archaeological deposits from times gone by.
The heritage investigations will be carried out by an archaeology consultancy, Dr Vincent Clark & Associates. These experts are no strangers to level crossing removal projects; the team helped unearth local history on our Mernda Rail Extension project back in 2017.
The dig is expected to take up to six weeks, and potentially longer if significant artefacts are found. Throughout the investigations, we will keep the local community up to date on progress and share any findings. If there are discoveries, Heritage Victoria will oversee the cataloguing of any artefacts from the former Mooroolbark Station Master’s House.