About the Project
The Thompson Square Heritage Interpretation was developed as part of the Windsor Bridge Replacement Project
Extensive investigation and archaeological excavations commenced in October 2017 within Thompson Square and its surrounds. Archaeologists carried out salvage works on site, in close consultation with stakeholders, to minimise impacts to Aboriginal and colonial artefacts. The approach to interpretation was informed by the archaeology found during those investigations.
The original Windsor Bridge, built in 1874, accommodated 145 years of vehicle traffic from horse-drawn carts to modern cars. At the time of the project it was used by up to 19,000 vehicles per day.
The decision to replace the bridge was first announced in 2008. Since then, numerous community consultations regarding the replacement have been facilitated with interested parties, Traditional Custodians and stakeholders. The consultations culminated in the approval of the Windsor Bridge Replacement Program in 2013.
This website is a result of the need for a modern approach to interpretation, and the ideas and concepts discussed during consultations. It aims to meaningfully represent the many stories with the archaeological evidence.
The Windsor Bridge Replacement Project involved the transformation of Windsor Bridge, Thompson Square and surrounding streets.
The development included the urban design and landscaping; new approach roads and intersections; new traffic lights at the intersection of Bridge Street and George Street; amendments to local access arrangements; cyclist and pedestrian facilities accommodated by a communal path for access the bridge; removal and back-fill of the previous approach roads; and, finally, the removal of the original bridge.
View a snapshot of the historical team’s excavation of Thompson Square in 2018.
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