Carlton and United Brewery site, Melbourne

3_bannerIn February 2013, ArchLink was subcontracted to work on an archaeological excavation of the Carlton and United Brewery site in Melbourne. The excavation was a collaborative project between Goddon Mackay Loggan, La Trobe University, and Grocon.

The first brewery at the site, North Melbourne Brewery, was established in Bouverie Street in 1858, with the Carlton and United Brewery originating there seven years later. With the expansion of the site, a new tower, constructed of red and white bricks, was built in 1873 and further buildings were erected in the early 1880s. Expansion continued into the 1920s, and the brewery continued until its closure in the 1980s.

The excavation was significant in its ability to unearth unique evidence of Melbourne’s earliest industries. Artefacts uncovered during the dig included domestic ceramic crockery and old beer bottles, as well as industrial items such as barrel stoppers and a large iron furnace stoker.

 

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