Post office revealing its secrets
THE surrounds of a former Gold Coast post office have been turned into an archeological dig, revealing long-lost secrets of the old residence and store.
The Tallebudgera Post Office, built in 1878, is one of the Gold Coast’s oldest surviving buildings.
Gold Coast City Council’s heritage team leader Dr Kevin Rains said the former Tallebudgera post office building was a reminder of 19th century village life in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
“No other post offices like this one are known to have survived in Queensland. Its construction history, ownership, and building form are all significant.
“The former post office is well known and has particular social significance within the Tallebudgera Valley community,” Dr Rains said.
“With a single room and veranda, it’s an important example of late 19th century building techniques, containing early construction methods and finishes.
“We’re hoping the dig will yield some interesting information relevant to the Tallebudgera community and perhaps even to the whole Gold Coast.”
Division 14 Gold Coast Councillor Chris Robbins said the work was important for the future of the site.
“This part of the site may eventually be used by council for another purpose, so it’s crucial we collect any historically significant items while we can,” Cr Robbins said.
The council’s Heritage Unit, working in conjunction with the University of Queensland, has started digging on the northern part of the site, unearthing important historical items.