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Digging the past – History on show in South Morang

09 May 2018

The Mernda Rail Extension Project and the City of Whittlesea have exciting news for Whittlesea amateur historians, who will be able to view artefacts from Plenty Valley’s history in May and June this year.

The Whittlesea Civic Centre will host Unearthed: a shared heritage – a six-week display of artefacts from the 1841 Old Bridge Inn and from life in Plenty Valley, from Monday 21 May until Friday 29 June.

The exhibition will showcase items discovered in last year’s dig in Plenty Gorge Park.

These items include pieces from the period of contact between Aboriginal people and European settlers, and items from the lives of early colonial women and children.

The major find of the dig was confirmation of the Old Bridge Inn’s location on the Plenty River.

The exhibition will coincide with National Archaeology Week, starting with the launch on Monday 21 May and ending with the Family Open Day on Saturday 26 May, featuring archaeologists speaking at each event.

Unearthed: a shared heritage – Launch of National Archaeology Week

When: Monday 21 May 2018, 10:00am to 11:30am

  • The Archaeology of the Old Bridge Inn – Dr Michelle Negus Cleary.
  • Historical Survey of the South Morang to Mernda Heritage Railway Line – Jasmine Scibilia.
Some of the artefacts found during the Old Bridge Inn archaeological dig last year

Unearthed: a shared heritage – Family open day

When: Saturday 26 May, 10:00am to 2:00pm (talks between 11:00am 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.
  • Roving archaeologists all day.
Artefacts found during the Bridge Inn archaeological dig last year

This exhibition and the celebrations of National Archaeology Week offer an excellent opportunity to learn more about the history of Whittlesea and how people used to live in the area. Come along to view the artefacts and hear from archaeologists with knowledge of the local area.

The artefacts will be on display at the City of Whittlesea Civic Centre from 21 May to 29 June 2018.

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