National Archaeology Week 2022

Celebrate National Archaeology Week 2022 by joining the RAHS for an online evening lecture!

When: Wednesday 18 May 2022 | Time: 6.30 – 7.30pm | How: Online via Zoom


Known, Unknowns: The Archaeology of the Devonshire Street Cemetery

Tombstone of Edwin Australia Robinson in Devonshire St Cemetery [RAHS Foster Collection]

What happened when a cemetery exhumed in 1901 was impacted on by modern redevelopment? This is the case of the Devonshire Street Cemetery which occupied a sand ridge from 1819 to 1901. After 1901 the graved were exhumed and reburied. The sand ridge was flattened and Central Station was constructed on the site. From 2018, redevelopment of Sydney’s public transport impacted on the location of the Devonshire Street Cemetery. But was anyone left? Interestingly, and at times controversially, the answer was yes!

Dr Iain Stuart who was the Excavation Director on the two projects that impacted the Cemetery site will talk on the history of the Devonshire Street Cemetery, outline the archaeological programs that were undertaken and discuss some of the results of the work.

DR IAIN STUART is a graduate from Latrobe University (in Prehistoric Archaeology), Monash University (in Environmental Science) and the University of Sydney where he wrote his dissertation on 19th century rural landscapes. He has worked for the Government Heritage Agencies in Victoria and NSW and as an archaeological consultant on various projects since 1993. Although coming from an archaeological background he is also a professional historian as well as an industrial heritage specialist. He is President of the Royal Australian Historical Society. He has a strong commitment to the protection and management of our heritage. He also has a strong belief that everyone working on Australia’s heritage should have at least a good working knowledge of Australia’s history.

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About National Archaeology Week

National Archaeology Week aims to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the work of Australian archaeologists both at home and abroad, and to promote the importance of protecting Australia’s unique archaeological heritage. Held in the third week of May, this nationwide program of events and activities includes public lectures, seminars, exhibitions, demonstration excavations, displays, and other events designed to engage with the general public. You can participate online by using the hashtag #2022NAW