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Mernda Rail launches artefact exhibition

23 May 2018

The Mernda Rail project was proud to support the launch of National Archaeology Week in Victoria, with the unveiling of Unearthed: A Shared Heritage artefact exhibition this week at the City of Whittlesea Civic Centre.

The exhibition features hundreds of artefacts uncovered at last year’s archaeological dig in Plenty Gorge Park, Mernda. The dig was the first heritage offset project of its kind in the state.

Engineers joined archaeologists, Council staff and members of the public to celebrate the opening of the exhibition with public talks and a tour of the exhibition on Monday.

Two archaeologists from archaeology consultancy, Dr Vincent Clark and Associates, spoke about last year’s dig and the artefacts uncovered.

They also outlined some of the items found from a heritage survey of the old Whittlesea rail line, such as the original Mernda Station platform, unused since trains stopped running in 1959.

The appetite for local history is strong in Mernda, with a family open day at the exhibition planned for Saturday 26 May.

The exhibition showcases items such as ink bottles, broken china, Aboriginal artefacts and jewellery dating back to the 1840s and beyond.

Last year’s dig was conducted by a team of twelve experts including consultant archaeologists, students, representatives from the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Council, Heritage Victoria, Parks Victoria and the City of Whittlesea.

Unearthed: A Shared Heritage will be on display at the City of Whittlesea Civic Centre in South Morang until Friday 29 June.

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