Craigieburn Heritage Preservation – Stage Two
Stage two of the Craigieburn heritage preservation project was started in earnest today as the preliminary clearance of the former cow byre was completed. The Society utilised the proven skills of Grant Webber from John Clearwater Contracting to use a rubber track digger and carefully remove the thick layer of soil and grass from the byre area. With a lot of patience and under the watchful eyes of Project Manager Paul Pope and archaeologist Dr Jill Hamel, Grant scraped off 100 years of dirt to reveal the stunning stone foundation. The complexity and scale of the site has finally been revealed and what an exciting find they are. The considerable and beautiful cobblestones that make up the site can now be fully seen, along with previously unseen drainage and a stabling area for working horses. It is thought that the building was demolished in the 1980’s and the remains of that demolition were burnt in three rubbish fires found on site today. Under a heavy cover of soil and grass, today’s excavation revealed the remnants of tools, saddlery, household effects and other objects that were an everyday part of colonial and early twentieth century subsistence farming. All of the objects were carefully listed and will now be examined and catalogued for future analysis in telling the story of early life at Craigieburn. The completed excavation will also allow stone mason Stuart Griffith to begin work repairing the stone walls that make up the foundation of the byre. This will allow the site to be safe for visitors and will allow people to enjoy the breathtaking views of Ross Creek and the wider city from the area.