Oil Burner

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Oil burners were a common source of domestic lighting as they were an available and cheap method of illumination. This crucible form of burner was made from clay in Parramatta Park identified by the sand profile in the clay. It is one of the Colonial pottery artefacts made in the very early Colonial period.

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.
Upper rim diameter 7.5cm (3"); Lower rim diameter 3.5cm (1and 1/2")
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Parramatta City Council Cultural Collection - Archaeology
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Accession date
12 Sep 2012
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