George Grey's Whalers Project

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Two people performing surveys on the beach
Surveying with the Total Station
Image copyright of WA Museum

The Maritime Archaeology department is involved in a project to examine artefacts believed to originate from the explorer George Grey.

Lead shot as well as a lead fitting was discovered in Kalbarri, Western Australia, in the sand dunes of one of the local beaches. These were believed to be artefacts associated with Grey who was wrecked in the vicinity in 1839. In October 2005, the site was inspected by a staff from the Department of Maritime Archaeology, Western Australian Museum. Two other sites that were in close proximity also contained bone fragments.

See for report: #210

And: J.A. Rodrigues and R. Prall. "Archaeological evidence thought to be associated with George Grey and his early explorations of the Western Australian coast." Australasian Historical Archaeology 27 (2009): In press. Sydney: Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA).