What is significant?
The potential archaeological remnants of Wood's Store, first constructed as a timber building c.1850, and replaced with a brick and stone building c. 1856, at 518 - 538 High Street, Preston.
How is it significant?
Wood's Store is of historical and archaeological significance to the City of Darebin.
Why is it significant?
Historically, the site is significant for its connections with the Wood Family, who were instrumental in naming the area 'Preston', opened the first Post Office in the vicinity, and operated the store at this location for 100 years. (Criterion H)
Archaeologically, it is significant for its potential to provide archaeological information, and thus contribute to knowledge, about the material culture of a store and residence dating from the 1850s to the 1950s. This archaeological significance is heightened by the fact that the store is one of the earliest buildings in the Preston area, and by the potential that remnants of both the original short-lived timber store, and the later brick and bluestone structure may be preserved within the site. Furthermore, information might be gained about the economic and social relationship between the store and the growing suburb of Preston. (Criterion C)
Levels of significance The following levels of significance apply to this place:
Primary - An area 16 x 10 metres at the corner of Wood and High Streets where structural foundations of the stone store building may be present. Other associated deposits may also be present in this area
Secondary - The remainder of the 518 High Street allotment where structural foundations of outbuildings and other associated deposits may be present.