August 2017 - The earthmover & archaeologist have been very busy cleaning the site before foundations are excavated.

  


The large and plentiful stumps were a big surprise.

 


The site of an 1870's toilet.

 


The back door to Kildare St pathway - the bank indicates just how much Kildare St has risen since 1869.

 


Another hidden pathway.

 


Site archaeologist Phoebe cleaning away the original stable floor.

 

24 August 2017 - sod turning with the golden spade (Bill Lang, Mary Brockbank, Hazel Hagan, June Rapson, Allan Hagan)

 


Life members Mary Brockbank & Hazel Hagan turn the first sod, surrounded by family and WCHC Committee members, 24 August 2017

 

Phoebe, site archaeologist, cleaning up for recording what turned out to be an early unusual field drain - September 2017. Most of the bricks are believed to have come from Hurndell's brick yard in Palmerston, although odd ones may have come from a pit in Waikouaiti School grounds.


This style of drainage using terracotta bricks or tiles dates back to the Romans & Greeks.