Hard to believe it has been six months since I had been to the dentist. But it was true, so I had a day in the city. Fortunately the dental visit is not the subject of this blog. No holes there. But everywhere else there are signs of what is about to happen beneath the streets.
At Federation Square, Flinders Street has been partially blocked in preparation. A huge photo of the boring machine looms over the pedestrians. Signs and symbols understood only be surveyors are all over the pavements.
At the City Square next to St Pauls a big hole has been dug and a conveyor installed to take away even more dirt. All this is for the MetroTunnel which will see two new stations added to the Hoddle Grid.
On the opposite side of Swanston Street where Town Hall Station is to go, buildings are down and the archeologists have moved in. Painstakingly sifting through the foundations that go back to the 1850s. New views have opened up and the imprint of what has gone can be seen on the remaining walls and in the early footings uncovered.
Another dig is in progress at the site of what will be the State Library Station.
It is the largest archaeological dig in Victoria’s history and they expect to uncover more than a million artefacts. A regularly changing display of items can be found at the shop front headquarters near the corner of Swanston and Bourke Streets.
This week there are bits of penny dolls and Frozen Charlottes. These reminded me of the two tiny figures that still sit in a potted maidenhair fern that was my grandmothers. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they belonged to her mother before her.
I am quite glad the display of teeth has been taken away. They have found over a thousand as the Town Hall dig includes the former premises of dentist whose business speciality was extractions.