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23 May 2014

Mokau and the Croppers Cabins


Today I travelled down to the entrance of Sussex Inlet,to the amazing location of the Croppers Cabins to meet Sonya and her husband Danny.
Sonya was the person who started my investigation into the wreck of the Mokau back in January 2014. Sonya reported seeing the wrecks outline clearly in the shallows near the entrance to the river.  Sonya has lived there for many, many years and had never seen so much of the wreck exposed before.
     From observations today the wreck appears to have been covered in sand again, we were very fortunate to be able to record it’s brief appearance, who knows when it may appear again.


recovered-bottle-1Unearthing history.
The cabins Sonya and Danny own have a fantastic and long history themselves, dating back to the early 1900’s, Sonya had an interesting collection of historical photo’s and papers from those days as well as a large collection of old bottles.
In the early days before plastics, all the food scraps were thrown into the river, all the paper and cardboard was burnt on site and the glass and bottles were buried.
During excavations they have unearthed old bottles of all descriptions, but especially beer bottles.

Blow molded, Richmond Brewery Tiger beer bottle around 1962.

recovered-bottle-2H&A Gilbey Ltd Gin bottle early 1800’s to 1900’s.
photo in front of cabins 1918

Visitors enjoying themselves In front of the cabins 1918, not much has changed

REF: Croppers Cabins
Previous stories including photo’s and video of the Wreck

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