Arches uncovered during Newcomen Street road works (Photo: Ann Hardy)
Arches uncovered during Newcommon Street road works (Photo: Ann Hardy)

Ann Hardy brought to the Committee’s attention recent photographs that she had taken of interesting arch structures uncovered during the excavations currently being undertaken on Newcomen Street Newcastle.

At the Coal River Working Party’s June meeting it was suggested by our archaeologists and historians that the structures could be pre-1860, and that it be urgently requested that construction work cease immediately in order to investigate the structures from an archaeological point of view.

We would like to know what they are, how old they are, and whether an archaeologist has been present during these roadworks. The Heritage Branch in Sydney has also been notified.