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Southport Seawall Dig 2013

Southport sea wall dig 2013

The City of Gold Coast would like to extend a big thank you to all participants in the old Southport seawall archaeological dig in the Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast. The free community event was held 21-22 May 2013 as part of National Archaeology Week 2013 and was considered a complete success.

The participants included 80 very energetic primary school students, who were elated with the opportunity to study the construction of the wall and uncover the relics of times lost. We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Councillor Dawn Crichlow (Division 6) for her support of this event.

The seawall was built progressively from the late 1800s through to 1901. Today there is only a small section of the wall visible near the current bridge to Surfers Paradise.

The wall defines the original shoreline and tells a story of Southport's former importance as a resort town and the efforts of the community to protect the place from the ravages of nature.

The project revealed the seawall for the purpose of furthering the research on this important local archaeological site.

A number of fact sheets about the history of Southport and its sea wall were created for this dig.

Southport seawall dig

Photo courtesy of City of Gold Coast Local Studies Library.

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