What is significant?
The potential archaeological remains of the Braithwaites Tannery and associated structures and deposits beneath the asphalt car park at the front of the Safeway supermarket at 330 Murray Road, Preston are significant. This includes the part of the property in which the tannery buildings and other features were likely located, and the part of the property in which the residence was once located (now occupied by shops along High Street.)
How is it significant?
The former Braithwaites Tannery at 330 Murray Road, Preston is of local historic and archaeological significance to Darebin City.
Why is it significant?
Historically, the site is significant for its association with the former Braithwaites Tannery, the earliest tannery established in the Darebin Area. The tannery provided employment for the local people and played a role in the local and regional economy representing the development of local and regional economies in the City of Darebin.
The site is also historically significant for its association with William Braithwaite Jnr. who became the President of the Shire of Preston in 1897-8.
Archaeologically, the site is significant for its potential to contain structural remains of the 1865 tannery and later additions and associated remains. It is also significant for the potential for those remains to yield information about the early factory buildings, and the processes involved in tanning in the 19th century and early twentieth centuries. Furthermore, information might be gained about the economic and social relationship between the tannery and the growing suburb of Preston and also the material culture of workers at the tannery.