Wednesday 18th July 2018
Venue: Cromwell Town & Country Club, Melmore Terrace, Cromwell
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Speaker: Dr Matthew Schmidt
Project Njord: Survey & Protection of the Norwegian Whaler’s Base 1926-1932, Rakiura/Stewart Island
‘The Base’ was built in Prices Inlet, Rakiura/Stewart Is. in 1926/27 and used until 1932 by the Ross Sea Whaling Company of Sandefjord, Norway, as a shipyard to repair whale chasers/catchers. The site is directly related to the creation of the Ross Dependency in Antarctica in 1923.
There are tangible heritage remains which can still be seen and interpreted today. Due to attempts by fossikers to remove artefacts from the site, Heritage New Zealand worked with the landowner to have the Base declared an archaeological site to increase its legal protection.
Dr Matthew Schmidt
Dr Matthew Schmidt is the Archaeologist Otago/Southland regions for Heritage New Zealand and is based in the Otago/Southland Area Office, Dunedin. As archaeologist, Matt is responsible for advocating for the protection and
management of archaeological sites and ensuring that anyone who wants to damage, modify or destroy an archaeological site first obtains an Archaeological Authority from Heritage New Zealand.
His work also involves processing Archaeological Authorities, providing professional advice on the management of archaeological sites, undertaking fieldwork to record sites, and supporting the public and professionals wanting to undertake projects where heritage sites are involved. Matt has been involved in archaeology for 30 years and has travelled extensively to heritage sites around the world. For the last 10 years Matt has been a UNESCO International Correspondent on Heritage writing a report annually on heritage matters in New Zealand.
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