Giving a name to a place: shipwrecks in Port MacDonnell, South Australia

23rd December 2015

Madeline Emma Fowler

Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, BArch (Hons), October 2011

This investigation into shipwrecks in the Port MacDonnell region addresses the extent to which archaeological signatures inform the impact of shipwrecks, as processes and places, in the community and vice versa. A review of archaeological, archival and oral history data is undertaken to achieve several aims. These include identifying the remains of a wooden shipwreck seasonally exposed on the beach and a group of timbers located at the Port MacDonnell Maritime Museum. Also, the concept of shipwrecks as places in the landscape and local attitudes towards shipwrecks is explored. Finally, the impacts that shipwrecks have on rural coastal communities are identified using a framework based around shipwreck response, exploitation and memorialisation landscapes. This research is archaeologically significant as it contributes to the theme of shipwrecks as places, an understudied area which has the potential to reveal meaningful interpretations about human behaviour. Furthermore, it is significant as the behaviours, attitudes and values of a community with a strong maritime identity and a history of responding to, exploiting and memorialising shipwrecks are recorded.

Fowler, M.E.
Giving a name to a place: shipwrecks in Port MacDonnell, South Australia
December 2015
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