Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Archaeological survey to preserve jetty sites


ABC News
February 8, 2005

A marine archaeological survey has started at a historic convict site on the Tasman Peninsula.

Melbourne's Flinders University has sent 26 researchers to the site on Norfolk Bay, which was mined between 1830 and 1870.

During that time eight jetties were built along the foreshore to transport coal and agricultural goods to Hobart and as far away as Norfolk Island.

The researchers are mapping the remains of the jetties and looking at relics dumped off the ships, including ballast rocks, in an attempt to get a cleared picture of where the ships arrived from and departed to.

It is hoped that the information gathered will help develop a management plan and preserve the disappearing jetty sites.


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