Original property deeds prove there are archeological relics at the former Anlaby’s Inn site in Morpeth, according to heritage stonemason Darryl Lobsey.
Mr Lobsey said deeds for the Swan Street site showed a sandstone retaining wall and railway platform had existed on the land as early as the 1830s.
Councillors approved plans for a
two-storey office block at the site last night despite Mr Lobsey’s plea for them to consider the new evidence.
He obtained the deeds from NSW Land and Property Information yesterday, hours before councillors voted on the development application.
“The deeds go back to the original sale in 1831,” he said.
“On the deeds there is a site plan that shows the hotel and the retaining wall, which were also identified on the 1862 railway plan.”
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 12, 2014.