EMM archaeologists uncover the remains of the White Hart Inn


As part of the North West Rail Link Project, EMM archaeologists have exposed the remains of an 1830s Inn providing insight into life along one of the oldest roads in Australia.

Buried treasure discovered at Kellyville

THE North West Rail Link’s four-metre sky train will take a slight turn to protect a newly found archaeological site in Kellyville.

Coins dated 1816 and a porcelain doll leg were among more than 500 artefacts found with what is believed to be the remains of the almost 200-year-old White Hart Inn.

Hawkesbury MP Ray Williams said an exclusion zone had been set up around the site, where Windsor and Old Windsor roads intersect, and the skytrain’s design will be modified.

“We’re going to protect the entire site,” he said.

“One of the pylons for the skytrain landed right in the middle of the White Hart Inn site, so The North West Rail Link project team is now working with contractor Impregilo-Salini to adjust [its] position.

“This is an important archaeological find which will help reveal more about western Sydney and its vital role in the growth of the colony — with perhaps a bushranger or two in the mix.”

The foundations were uncovered about one kilometre away from White Hart Drive at Rouse Hill.

They have been used by archaeologists to sketch what the inn, built in the 1820s as a competitor to what is now the Mean Fiddler, could have looked like.

Excavation co-director Pamela Kottaras said no one knew what had happened to the inn after 1881, when it was listed for auction.

“The clues could be here — it’s a matter of finding them,” she said.

The inn appears to be of a standard design with a long verandah, two rooms at each end and a detached kitchen.

A toothpaste canister with Queen Victoria’s image on it and medicine bottles were also found during heritage work for the skytrain.

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