Large sinkhole at Brisbane’s Archerfield Airport contains hidden archeological treasures

Brisbane’s airport teams have made an unexpected and surprising discovery while examining a sinkhole that opened up on a grass runway.

They uncovered ironbark shoring and iron rods believed to be the remnants of a windmill from the 1850s. Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

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“The Willows”, the original homestead built at Archerfield Airport, Brisbane, in the 1850s. Picture: SUPPLIED

Yes, they found the remnants of a windmill, right under an airport!

Historians believed the windmill was attached to the original homestead, called “The Willows”, which was built on the airport site at Beatty Rd, in 1855.

The artefacts were recovered from the sinkhole – 2m (6ft) x 3m (9ft) x 5m (15ft) – before it was filled up with about 12 cubic metres of aggregate rock, geofabric and soil.

Yeah! This large hole in the ground is a door to another world instead of being a terrifying experience! Awesome!

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