National Archaeology Week 2021

Join us as we celebrate National Archaeology Week 2021 (16-22 May):

When: Wednesday 19 May 2021 | Time: 6.30-7.30pm | How: Streamed Online [book in advance]


Tales of Sunny Corner: Gold Mining, Silver Smelting and the Birth of Broken Hill

Sunny Corner sits in the ranges between Bathurst and Lithgow with little evidence of its exciting history as a gold mine and then as a major silver mine in NSW and its surprising connection to the birth of Broken Hill. Since first assessing the remains of the Sunny Corner Mine, Dr Stuart has been quietly researching the history of mining and the most notable character associated with the mines John Dye LeMonte; once described as a “blow-hard Yank”. LeMonte provides the surprising connection between often wet and cold Sunny Corner and the burnt landscapes of the Barrier Ranges via Spotswood.

About the speaker: Dr Iain Stuart is a historian and archaeologist with a long-standing interest in mining stemming from early trips around the mines of Bendigo and Castlemaine with his father. Sunny Corner has been a bit of a pet project for him since he undertook an archaeological and heritage assessment of the Sunny Corner Mine for proposed rehabilitation works. Apart from his interest in mining, Dr Stuart is a councillor of the RAHS and a board member of The International Conference on the Conservation of Industrial Heritage (TICCIH). He is a Principal at Artefact Heritage.

About NAW: 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 #2021NAW

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