An archaeological gem preserved below a large residential complex
About the building
Parbury Ruins was unearthed in 2000 during the construction of a residential apartment block in Millers Point. The excavation revealed the footings of a two-bedroom cottage from the 1820s, as well as the remains of a stone kitchen with a fireplace and sink. Next to the one-room dwelling are remnants of a verandah and a well.
The original cottage – a dockworker’s home – was built of sandstone blocks cut by convicts from the local quarry on lower Kent Street. Old maps suggest the cottage was probably demolished by the late 1860s or early 1870s when new wharves and bond stores were developed in the area.
Visitors can explore the archaeological site beneath The Parbury apartment building, and see many fragments of blue-and-white china teacups, plates and glass bottles that were discovered at the site.Built