GOVERNMENT HOUSE, PORT MACQUARIE

Few people would be aware of the significance of Port Macquarie in Australia’s colonial history. During the construction of a residential apartment block in 2006, evidence of the settlement’s seat of government was discovered.

Extensive archaeological excavations were undertaken, and the dig site preserved, to enable construction of the new building, to progress.

A permanent on-site display (utilising a Tashco Systems display case), communicates to a diverse audience – school children, local residents and visiting historians – combining artefacts with contemporary architectural interpretation of the former building’s footings.