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Port Essington, Victoria Settlement: a heritage perspective

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Northern Territory Archives Centre

Kelsey Crescent MILLNER NT 0810

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A talk by David Bridgman

David Bridgman is a Darwin-based Conservation Architect who has worked across the Territory on a broad range of heritage sites. He is a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the peak heritage body that works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places around the world.

The British military settlement at Port Essington, called Victoria after the young Queen, was established in 1838, and was eventually abandoned in 1849.

The settlement saw some key buildings being constructed including Government House, a hospital and kitchen, Officer’s Quarters, and several cottages, remnants of which survive today.

Macassan traders stopped at the settlement on a regular basis and notable European visitors including the French explorer Dumont D’Urville whose artist Louis Le Breton left several fine drawings of the fledgling settlement.

This talk will look briefly at the history of the settlement and then focus on recent conservation works to the various sites including restoration of Mrs Lambrick’s grave, the Cornish chimneys from the Married Quarters, and a charcoal kiln built into the side of the escarpment.

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Arrive at 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start. We anticipate the talk finishing approximately 6:30 with time for questions afterwards.

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Car parking is available on Kelsey Crescent, or Skelton Street, building entrance is on Kelsey Crescent.

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