Thursday, March 14, 2013

Carlton Brewery archaeological excavation Melbourne

I wasn't there, but I tried to find out from those that were, and failing anyone else saying what the found, I will put some bits together myself.

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15 professional archaeologists and about 30-40 students (or possibly 70 spent a few weeks uncovering evidence of Melbournes past - the footings of the seven-storey brewhouse, built in 1873, and other early 1850s shanty town structures were exposed. Among the features is the late 19th century brewing tower furnace.
Melbourne's past - a work in progress
 Students digging for treasures at the old Carlton Brewery site. Photo: Penny Stephens
Archeologists are doing a dig in the old CUB brewery site in Carlton, that is now a Grocon building site.
Finds so far include domestic ceramic crockery and old bottles, industrial items such as barrel stoppers and a large iron furnace stoker.

The 1.8-hectare site was occupied by the Carlton Brewery for more than a century, (c1858 to 1987) although early rate books suggest there may have been houses on the block from as early as the 1840s.

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Archaeologist Andrew Sneddon at the excavated site of the Carlton brewery on Swanston and Bouverie streets.
Archeologists are doing a dig in the old CUB brewery site in Carlton, that is now a Grocon building site... 19th C. 
THE AGE Photo: Penny Stephens
In the 1870s and 1880s, a gang known as the Carlton Roughs congregated on the corners of Swanston, Bouverie and Queensberry streets. The brewery expanded to include an on-site fire brigade and stables for the CUB Clydesdales. the 6 story malthouse in Swanston Street and bluestone warehouses on the appropriately named Bouverie Street survive, and will apparently be retained and restored.

Interestingly, one of the better places to find out about Melbourne's Carlton Brewery, is at the Powerhouse museum in sydney

the site will be developed by Grocon - who are in almost constant dispute with unions.

the first building is planned to have the face of Barak

is this a new form of cultural misappropriation?


Under a new cataloguing system at Melbourne Museum, which was developed under a four-year rehabilitation project, funded by an Australian Research Council grant, in collaboration with La Trobe University, all artefacts are logged and barcoded on-site to ensure no possible future data confusion.


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