Opening of a new interactive historical museum in the CBD
By Steven Nguyen
Located between Lonsdale St and Jones Lane, the site of great historical and archaeological significance has been brought back to life for Melburnians to see at Wesley Place.
At the end of June, developer of Wesley Place Charter Hall Group unveiled an interactive tour of its Wesley Place Heritage Trail, which, combined with QR code technology, made for an interactive tour of the excavation site.
Archaeological excavations began in 2017 with more than 100,000 artefacts found, including slate pencils, seamstress pins, pieces of chamber pots, Chinese porcelain figurines and even a whale tooth, highlighting the importance of the site for the history of the city.
An Indigenous cultural artifact has also been discovered and is now on display as part of the heritage trail.
The Gothic Revival heritage buildings and architecture of Wesley Place are also another layer of interest for the visit, which was hailed by Dr Vincent Clark & Associates, Senior Archaeologist Dr Michelle Negus Cleary, as’ very important “.
Deputy Mayor Nicholas Reece added: “The Wesley Place district is one of the city’s most historically significant corners, with heritage buildings and colorful stories from Melbourne’s early days.
The Wesley Place Heritage Trail is free and open to the public at 130 Lonsdale St. •
For more information, visit wesleyplace.com.au/history/heritage-trail