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Halvorsen’s Boat Building Complex Maritime Archaeology Assessment

A Development Application to Roads and Maritime Services was applied for to demolish a derelict 20th century wharf at the former Halvorsen’s Boat Building Complex in Putney, on the Parramatta River. The Halvorsen’s Boat Building Complex was established at the commencement of WWII, building both military and pleasure craft until the 1970s. The boat building complex and associated 20th century timber wharf were identified in the Sydney Harbour Catchment Regional Environmental Plan 2005 as a heritage item of State significance and nominated for listing on the State Heritage Register. Cosmos Archaeology undertook a maritime archaeological assessment of the complex, including diving inspections, and identified remains of a 1790s wharf which conveyed produce, beer, stores, supplies and passengers to and from the James Squires estate, where Australia’s first brewery was established. An archaeological sensitivity map was produced which grades the maritime archaeological potential of the site and the report provided advice for management. Cosmos Archaeology later undertook an archival photographic recording of the 20th century derelict timber wharf.