Appin Inn’s history and artefacts will be preserved when developer Walker Corporation begins the first stage of the restoration process.
During the archaeological investigation, artefacts will be documented, salvaged and preserved.
Wendy Thorp of Cultural Resources Management has been appointed as the project’s excavation director to oversee the investigation with the support of a team of experts.
The archaeological investigation will be undertaken in two parts.
The first stage will cover the interior of the main building and stable, starting on October 4 until October 13. The second will cover the grounds of the inn.
As part of this process, Walker Corporation is inviting the community to get involved by helping the archaeologists clean and process any unearthed artefacts between these dates.
A public open day will then be held on October 8 from 11am to 1pm at the Appin Inn site. Archaeologists will be available to answer questions and give an update on the investigation.
Walker Corporation’s executive planner Gerry Beasley said the site’s heritage importance had delayed the approval process and the start of restoration works.
“Thankfully, we are now ready and looking forward to getting the community involved in uncovering and unfolding the rich history of the Appin Inn, thereby gaining a greater understanding of the historical importance of Appin village,” he said.
Walker Corporation now has development approval and is waiting to receive a construction certificate.
The community can visit www.talkappin.com.au/restoration/ for further information on the history of the site, the investigation and to request involvement in the works.