The Port Macquarie Museum will mark National Archaeology Week with a free talk on May 23 at 10.30am.
The talk by archaeologist and historical consultant Rob Tickle will outline Rob's journey to becoming an archaeologist and his role as an assistant on the archaeological excavations at Lake Innes in 2001-2002 working under Professor Graham Connah.
The Lake Innes House ruins have a special place in our history and are considered one of the most significant ruins in regional NSW.
When Major Archibald Clunes Innes created his colonial estate near Port Macquarie, he was in fact creating a microcosm of British society and the hierarchies within it.
Archaeological excavations at the ruins and the relics uncovered reveal much about the life and dreams of the colonial aristocrat Major Innes, and the strikingly different lives of the free and assigned servants who also lived and worked on the estate.
Rob always wanted to be an archaeologist and his dream was realised when he worked on the archaeology excavations at Lake Innes.
Since then Rob has worked on numerous history and archaeology projects, spanning both Western Australia and New South Wales, and encompassing both Indigenous and non-Indigenous heritage and history.
Rob's talk will discuss some of the secrets, findings and relics that were discovered during the 2001-2002 excavations and what they tell us about life at Port Macquarie during the 1830s to 1890s.
Entry to the talk is free. Bookings are advisable by phone to 6583 1108 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The aim of National Archaeology Week is to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the importance of protecting our archaeological heritage.
In simple terms, archaeology is the study of things that people made, used and left behind.
While much of the Hastings' local archaeological heritage remains hidden underground, some archaeological relics associated with the Innes estate and other historic sites are on exhibition at the Port Macquarie Museum.