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Archaeology of the Picton Road Station: Building the Heritage Highway

  • Former Kempton Watch House 85 Main Street Kempton Tas Australia (map)

This event will showcase the recent archaeological program held at the 1840s Picton Road Station, just north of Kempton. Structural remains and artefacts have given us insight into the station and the lives of the convicts who worked from there.

This project has been an important collaboration between Southern Midlands Council and the University of Tasmania and was run as a field school in January-February 2019. Five trenches were excavated in various parts of the 1840s Picton Road Station, which housed convicts working on what was to become the Midlands Highway. Artefacts were found which give insight into convict lives. 

This exhibition will be held at the former Kempton Watch House and will include historical information on the station, images and artefact displays from the excavation and a chance to talk to the excavation director(s) about the larger Convict Sites in the Southern Midlands project.

Presented by Southern Midlands Council

Time and date: 11am – 1pm, Sunday 19 May 2019

Location: Former Kempton Watch House, 85 Main Street, Kempton Tas

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