Archaeology at Willow Court
Community Open Day
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Willow Court, New Norfolk
The Willow Court Barracks is one of the nation’s oldest hospital buildings, built between 1830 and 1833 to treat convict invalids and free settlers. A second barracks building (now demolished) was attached at the rear for patients with mental health issues - this was the first purpose-built asylum in Australia.
Archaeologists have been working at the site of Willow Court since 2014 to try to understand the daily life of patients and staff in this institution across 170 years. As the longest lasting, continuously used mental health hospital in Australia, Willow Court is a rare example of changing attitudes to mental health, its nature and its treatment across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Come and meet the archaeologists, learn about the excavations, ask questions and contribute to understanding the site and its history. Entry and tours are free.
The archaeological work at Willow Court is supported by the Derwent Valley Council, Flinders University and the University of Tasmania.
All ages are welcome. Archaeological activities will also be taking place at Frescati House including a children's dig.