In the 1970s “Pompallier house” was considered a jewel in the crown of Northland. By the 1980s, serious damp issues were threatening the stability of the building. The Historic Places Trust contracted drain layers to remedy this, but when works commenced they found large holes and Victorian-period rubbish pits. The archaeologists were called in, over multiple seasons, to try and understand what went on where, and how did it affect the stability of the building.
About the speaker:
Before Pompallier Myfanwy Eaves had excavated in New Zealand, China and Aussie (Port Arthur). After Pompallier, she focused on industrial sites in the UK. Myfanwy worked in museums for a while, in collection management and transport, ending up moving objects and exhibitions around the world from the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Eventually returning to NZ to work in hands-on heritage again, for a consultancy and all over NZ.