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Mural Archaeology: Exploring the Hidden Wallpaper Layers of Oatlands

  • Oatlands Commissariat 79 High Street Oatlands Tas Australia (map)

From butcher’s bills to marriage certificates, homework and grandma’s dress fabric, just about every conceivable item was used in the hard Oatlands winters to cover over the cracks in the walls of the houses of our town’s poorer inhabitants.

Thanks to the efforts of generous homeowners and hardworking volunteers, a lot of these relics are now coming to light. Thus, Oatlands now has a unique window into living in the 19th Century, as seen through the wallpapers and everything else that got glued to the timber walls of Oatlands. 

Now safely stored in Mylar, these extraordinary finds tell some surprising stories about life in 19th Century Van Diemen’s Land. As part of this year’s Australian Heritage Festival, Alan Townsend will share some of these stories and give us a glimpse of the artefacts themselves.

Presented by Southern Midlands Council.

All welcome to this FREE event!

Time and date: 2–4pm Sunday 19 May 2019

Location: Oatlands Commissariat, 79 High Street, Oatlands Tas

For more information:

Earlier Event: May 19
Northern Tasmanian Convict Stations
Later Event: May 19
Can you Dig it?