Construction work for the new Sydney Metro at Barangaroo has uncovered foundations of the wharves that served the area in the late 1800s.
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Archaeological investigations at the site started in July and have revealed uncovered seawalls, wharf surfaces, steps into the harbour and road surfaces that all date to the late 19th century.
Part of the find included the remains of the foundation of Dibbs Wharf, which was used in the 1890s for shipbuilding. A few remnants of horizontal timber have been discovered that are believed to be remnants of Langford’s boatshed, built in the mid-1800s.
Some other discoveries have been made at the foot of Clyde Street including a lid from a jar of Josephson’s Australian Ointment, beer bottles, ceramics and the initials “WP” carved into the top step.
Remnants of Cuthbert’s Wharf have been investigated at the northern side of Clyde Street, where a sandstone slipway once stood. The piles that once formed a part of a timber jetty are still visible extending into the water.
Parts of the seawalls and other items found to be of heritage significance will be recorded and retrieved by archaeologists before excavation of the new Sydney Metro station sites begins.