‘The truth will out’: Recycling of packing timber to construct a 19th century Australian coffin

01st June 2009

Glenys McGowan and Jon Prangnell

Introduction

Professional wood species identification of timber from a lead-lined coffin excavated from the North Brisbane Burial Ground, Brisbane, confirmed the wood as being Pinus sibirica, a native of northern Asia and Russia, and its presence likely represents the reuse of wood from a packing case originally used to import goods to the colony.

Glenys McGowan and Jon Prangnell
‘The truth will out’: Recycling of packing timber to construct a 19th century Australian coffin
June 2009
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56-58
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