Cheers - Alstonville Plateau Historical Society members Ian Kirkland and Jane Gardiner, Page MP Janelle Saffin, Bernie O’Brien and Sonia George from the RTA.
Cheers - Alstonville Plateau Historical Society members Ian Kirkland and Jane Gardiner, Page MP Janelle Saffin, Bernie O’Brien and Sonia George from the RTA.

On the road to a historical find

When RTA employee Bernie O'Brien was working on the Alstonville bypass he found an old bottle.

He dug a little further and found a pile more, which after consultation with the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society, was determined to be an old dump site.

Jane Gardiner from the historical society said at first they'd thought it was an old bottle dump located on the cutting at Perry's Hill, over the road from the site of the former Ocean View Hotel.

“We've determined it's from the 1880s and found some really interesting objects,” Jane said. “We found bones, draught horse shoes, china, coins, buttons, gold studs, clay pipes, glass bottle balls that were used as shooting targets and iron bits from harnesses.”

The archaeological haul will eventually be housed in the historical society's new archive building, which Page MP Janelle Saffin recently announced had received $181,818 for construction and to repair the town's community research centre.


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