Irrawang

Carmichael, Irrawang Vineyard and Potter

Carmichael, Irrawang Vineyard and Pottery, 1839 engraving

To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the birth of Australian historical archaeology, this exhibition features artefacts recovered from the site of James King's Irrawang Pottery Manufactory, near Raymond Terrace. King was a colonial entrepreneur who ran Irrawang from 1832 until the 1850s, producing glazed earthenware. Thousands of pottery sherds recovered at the site tell a story of the nature of the colonial economy.

Excavations by the University of Sydney at the site represent the first formal historical archaeological excavation in Australia. This exhibition explores the pioneering spirit of both colonial potters and Australian archaeologists.

16 September - 9 December 2007