Shako Plate

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A shako plate is a part of the decoration on a shako which is the tall 'hat' commonly identified with the early Colonial 'Redcoats'. This Shako plate is from the 28th Regiment - fusiliers. This is noted by the fusiliers emblem. This particular plate is unique and there is no record of a 28th Regiment of Fusiliers in Parramatta from 1838-1842. As there are no historical records of a Fusilier regiment in Parramatta this is an important archaeological object providing historical information not readily available from any other known source.

This artefact was discovered in an archaeological investigation in 1989 encompassing the foreshores of the Parramatta River from Arthur Street to Charles Street Wharf, from the Gasworks Bridge to Morton Street, land on George Street between Harris and Purchase Streets. The site has a varied history with the wharf landing in existence from 1788, and barracks, stores, granaries, a mens’ asylum, a mill and cloth factory all being in evidence at times between 1788 and the 1930s.
Height 12.5cm (5")
Width 12cm (4 3/4")
Depth 3.5cm (1 1/2")
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Parramatta City Council Cultural Collection - Archaeology
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28 Jun 2012
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