A glimpse of history at Surry Hills Festival

18 September 2017

Visitors to this year’s Surry Hills Festival have the chance to inspect a range of heritage items that have been uncovered during construction of the CBD and South East Light Rail.

Items on display have been collected from Surry Hills and other parts of the alignment and include an arrow stamp brick from the 1820s, ceramic plates and cups, glass and ceramic bottles, a cooking pot, toy wheel, decorative teapot, ink bottle and a decorative smoking pipe bowl.

The items will be on display at the ALTRAC light rail stall at Ward Park, Devonshire Street on Saturday, 23 September.

Local residents and businesses will also have the opportunity to meet key members of the light rail team, and discuss design and construction aspects of the Surry Hills area.

Heritage consultant Jayden van Beek will be present on the day to discuss the items on show and answer questions from the public.

“Heritage investigations have taken place before all of the construction work on the CBD and South East Light Rail, and all of the artefacts found will be carefully recorded in detail so that we can achieve a better understanding of life in Sydney during early European settlement,” Jayden said.

 “We look forward to meeting with members of the community to share these exciting finds, and answering any questions they might have.”

The annual Surry Hills Festival is a community celebration spread across Ward Park, Devonshire Street, Crown Street, Shannon Reserve and surrounds. Some roads in Surry Hills will be closed for the festival - view our road closures story for more information. For the latest road closures and traffic changes visit Live Traffic.