Volunteer opportunity at Old Government House
ArchSoc’s recording project at Old Government House is fast approaching and we still have enough room for more participants! We will be recording this rather exciting façade with the help and expertise of Dr Bob Stone.
Completed in 1860 the construction cost a whopping £1600. Lovingly restored in the 1970s inside and out to its former Victorian glory, this vice-regal boasts some rather dramatic architectural features which will be a treat to discover.
Our project will include learning to describe and record to scale all of the external features of the main building and of the servant’s quarters, located to the rear of the main building over two and a half days. Depending on participant numbers we may also be recording the grounds.
This project has been organised in conjunction with the Friends of Old Government House who carefully maintain the house, the servant’s quarters and the grounds.
If you would like to join the field trip please email Jess at Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. Please indicate whether you require accommodation and transport.
Join ArchSoc at Old Government House this Winter
Flinders ArchSoc is pleased to announce the upcoming field trip to Belair National Park to conduct a survey of Old Government House and the servants’ quarters. This is a great chance to experience recording a standing structure and practice those scale drawings, in a learning environment; especially good for those who have never recorded a standing structure. This event is free to ArchSoc members. If you are not a member and want to come, you can join by paying the $15 fee here.
The field trip will run from 10am Friday August the 9th until midday on Sunday August the 11th and will include recording the external standing structure of Old Government House, and the front façade of the servants’ quarters. The inside of the buildings will not be recorded. Afterwards there will be time to visit the inside of the house, when it is open to the public between 1 and 4pm Sunday.
A few members of the team will be staying nearby at the Belair National Park Caravan Park. It is literally next door to the park. Their website details information about their accommodation and the costs:http://www.belaircaravanpark.com.au/2718/Tariffs/. The cheapest option is to camp on an unpowered site at $30 per night (plus $9.00 for an extra adult), or get together a group and share a cabin between a few people. Participants need to be aware that it is cold and often wet in the Adelaide Hills and therefore be prepared to bring warm and probably waterproof clothes. Drawing and measuring equipment will be supplied.
For members of the team staying at the caravan park, ArchSoc will be putting on dinner on Friday and Saturday night for those who would like to join in on the fun. Camping is not required, you are welcome to stay at your own house and commute every day.
Interested members will need to contact Jessica Lumb to register their interest for this trip. Details of the field trip will then be shared with those parties. Contact Jess by email at email@example.com. Please indicate whether you would require transport, accommodation and dinner!
In the meantime, for those who have not visited it before, Belair National Park is nestled in the Adelaide Hills. Proclaimed The National Park of South Australia in 1891, it was the first in South Australia, and only the eighth of its kind in the world (Tamblyn 2007:5).
The servants’ quarters date from 1848, first serving as a farm keeper’s residence when the area operated as ‘Government Farm’ from 1840. The Old Government House itself was not completed until 1860, having been commissioned as a summer residence by the colony’s sixth Governor, Sir Richard MacDonnell (Tamblyn 2007:13).
Old Government House was damaged by an earthquake in 1954 and was left run down by 1958. It was lovingly restored in the 1960’s and 1970’s in the style popular from 1860 – 1880, when it was used by South Australia’s Governors. This was just one of the uses of this prominent feature of the National Parks landscape. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more information about Old Government House and its relationship with Belair National Park.
Prospecting the History of the Hills: Volunteer Opportunity in Prospect Hill
Over the weekend of the 29th and 30th of September, ArchSoc will be conducting a field survey at the site of the Deputy Surveyor-General of South Australia, Thomas Burr’s camp in Prospect Hill, South Australia. During this project we will be helping the Prospect Hill Historical Museum and the Prospect Hill Community Association Inc. to identify and interpret material evidence of the existence of the 19th Century surveyor’s camp, which was inhabited by Thomas Burr and his family during the c.1840s.
Participants in this project will assist ArchSoc in producing a high-quality, publishable report about the historical and archaeological backgrounds of the area. Following the field survey, participants will also help in collating the survey data to be included in a final report. The final report will be presented to the Prospect Hill Historical Museum.
For those that want to be involved in the project, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your interest. We will be having an introductory meeting for the Prospect Hill project at 10am Wednesday 8th August in Room 112 of the Humanities building. There is an opportunity to camp at the site during the survey and food and fuel will be subsidised by ArchSoc. Participation in this project is open to ArchSoc membersonly– update your membership via the PayPal link to the left of this entry.
Prospect Hill’s rich history seems to be mostly overlooked. Many people have probably passed the tiny town centre on their way to the paintball venue nearby, unknowingly passing sites that once marked of the original settlement colony of Kuitpo (pronounced kai-poh), Kyeema prison, and mines that were once actively exploited for their gold.
Locals can recall stories including the tragic story of Sarah McHarg. Sarah supposedly kept Mrs Burr company, who disliked being left alone. Sarah was usually escorted on her trips from home to Mrs Burr’s, and back again, but one day went alone and got lost in the bush. Her remains were found 2 years later near Mount Compass, approximately 30km from the town. She carried a prayer book with her, and within the pages she had written to her sister:
“Grieve not for me as I am resigned to my fate.”
ArchSoc Presents – About Time: South Australia’s History Festival and National Archaeology Week
We kick off NAW with the Community Archaeology Day at the Plympton Railway Station on Sunday 20th May, where we will have a sausage sizzle and demonstrate site survey techniques to the public. Find the flyer for this event here: CommArchDay. On Tuesday 22nd May in the Plaza at Flinders, we will be having a sausage sizzle from 11am. We end National Archaeology Week with the Meet the Archaeologists! Night at the Flinders Victoria Square building. See the flyer here: MTAN. And the program here: MTANProgram.
Since the launch of the About Time website, our events have consistently been in the most popular events listing, often as first and second most popular out of over 500 events.
‘It’s great to see our hard work paying off and that ArchSoc has the ability to compete with so many well-established heritage and history groups’, said Jordan Ralph, President of the Archaeological Society. ‘We have 121 members this year, and there is a great deal of interest among the students in learning research skills as early as they can. At ArchSoc, we are determined to facilitate the professional and academic development of all Flinders archaeology students and it seems our passion is contagious, because this year we have had people from other universities, high schools, heritage groups and the wider community seek us out and join’.
Events such as these are of great benefit to the student body, says Professor Claire Smith:
‘An important part of research training in archaeology is learning to work productively with the many people who have a stake in the past. All archaeologists do a substantial amount of voluntary work as part of their training. The community projects that they undertake often led to research projects as Honours, Masters or PhD students. With community trust and in-principle permissions, students find that they have a head start on their research projects. By participating in ArchSoc activities students are able to start their careers while they are still undergraduates’.
Being part of groups such as ArchSoc can help students in their future careers, says Associate Professor Heather Burke:
‘The Archaeological Society provides students with easy access to support from other students and comfortable relationships with staff. This gives students the chance to identify as professionals early in their studies. This is a critical part of their training’.
These themes will be explored by ArchSoc President, Jordan Ralph in the Department Seminar titled ‘Today ArchSoc – Tomorrow the World!’. This seminar is on the 31st of May, 2012 in Room 149, Social Sciences South, 3pm, everyone is welcome. ArchSoc members are expected to attend.
Port Arthur Volunteer Experience
Posted on behalf of Natalie Bittner
So, to celebrate the start of the Uni semester, we are now opening the floodgates to all members of the Flinders Archaeological Society to apply to attend a fieldtrip to PORT ARTHUR, Tasmania from the 8th to the 15th of April. The only forseeable cost to members is the cost of the return flight to Hobart, food and accommodation will be provided. We have six spaces for members of the Flinders Archaeological Society to be part of lab work in Port Arthur. This will involve processing artefacts excavated in the 2010 field season.
Some of you may be aware that as of this year, the Port Arthur Historic Site management authority have CEASED RUNNING the annual field school. This means that as of 2012, Flinders archaeology students will be the ONLY students permitted to work onsite. If you would like to be part of this fieldtrip, write a short paragraph about who you are, any previous field experience (if you have no previous experience APPLY ANYWAY! We all have to start somewhere!) and why you would like to come with us, and send it to email@example.com.
Remember- we can only take MEMBERS, so get onto that ASAP. For logistics (and to keep the costs down to those accepted!) we will be confirming attendees very soon. Applications will close on the 12th of March, so ensure your membership is up-to-date (Earlybird memberships are $10 this week!) and email me! Look forward to hearing from all of you-