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Uncovering the earliest days of European settlement at Mac Point


Some of the earliest examples of Hobart’s colonial life have been uncovered in an archaeological dig at Mac Point.


The relics, which will be on public display for the first time, help paint a picture of colonial life in the very early stages of European settlement in Hobart.


Located in the north-eastern corner of the development site, the focus of the archaeological dig was excavating the former lumber yard and railway turntable.


During the dig, the Corporation uncovered some exciting relics among the building foundations which tell a never before heard story of the site.


“Some of the finds include identifying where convict workforces carried out trades including furniture, nail, saddle and barrel making,” Mac Point CEO, Mary Massina said.


“It is here where we have uncovered relics that point to the very first stages of European settlement in Hobart from about 1806. This is a period of time when very little is known about colonial settlement.”


“Discovering these relics, which include convict buttons and china, sheds light on the history of the site and the greater Hobart area.”


“They also give us a glimpse of what life was like in the earliest days of European settlement.”


These relics have been discovered on the historical shoreline, before the port was filled in through land reclamation.


“This is very apt given we plan to develop the truth and reconciliation park over this space. The Park will allow the many stories of Aboriginal community and European settlement to be told in a respectful way,” Mary said.


Mac Point opened up the development site to those who want to learn about the site’s historical use during the earliest days of European settlement.


The one-off event was a chance for the public to take a step back in time and learn about Hobart’s history, from those undertaking the archaeological dig.