Former Eastern Creek Animal Quarantine Station

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Focus Case Study about now Mirvac's "Calibre" industrial business park.

Client

Mirvac

Location

60 Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek 

Curio service

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage 

Heritage Impact Statement 

Historical Archaeological Assessment 

Aboriginal + Historical Archaeological Excavations 

Heritage Interpretation Plan 

Photographic Archival Recording 

calibre_mirvac. Source: Mirvac https://calibre.mirvac.com/

Image Source: Mirvac (https://calibre.mirvac.com)

Project Summary

As part of Mirvac’s State Significant Development of the Former Eastern Creek Animal Quarantine Station site into an Industrial Business Park, Curio were engaged to prepare specialist heritage and archaeological reports for the site, including an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan, Community Consultation and Test Archaeological Excavation to address the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage significance and archaeological values of the site. 

Minchinbury.jpg

Title: Minchinbury reflects good taste in every glass. (the site was once home to Minchenbury Wines)

Creator: Troedel & Cooper. Not dated, created between 1945 and 1950.

Copyright: ‘The State Library of Victoria is not aware of any Copyright restrictions on this work’

http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/223189

Curio's Approach

Curio prepared an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan for the site, which included Archaeological test excavation, post-excavation reporting and authentic, enduring Heritage Interpretation that wasn’t just a ‘plaque’ on a wall. 

Working with the local Aboriginal community was an absolute highlight of the project and whilst very few artefacts were discovered, the Aboriginal cultural heritage significance of the modified landscape was then furthered discussed with the community and incorporated into long-term accessible interpretation. 

Aerials: Source- Nearmap

Legacy We Leave Behind

This was one of Curio’s first and favourite projects because we delivered on time and well under budget for the client, loved working closely with local Aboriginal community during the test archaeological excavations to derisk the site, whilst capturing its embedded cultural heritage values and found an ‘out of the box’ approach to interpreting the site’s rich layers of history for the long. 

 

To find out more about the site’s proud Aboriginal connections, former Olympic Quaratine Scandals, visting world-famour Ballerinas, Champagne and Army Training go to  Blacktown City Council’s website , where we reveal the site’s incredible history…