The Boca

The historic heart of Stanley

The weather held for us for our trip to The Boca on Monday 4th March 2019.   This trip was meant to be our second camp-out of this year but with the unpredictable weather we have been having, we opted for a day trip instead.

Just before arriving at The Boca we stopped at the wire gate  to look at the turf wall  built in 1849.  The group also heard about Evalina, a slave who lived and worked at The Orqueta as a cook. Evalina was murdered and buried in close proximity of the second wire gate on the south side. In 1865/66 Evelina was removed from this location and buried at Darwin cemetery.

The Boca comprised a dairy, wool shed and yards for dairy animals, mules, pigs and fowl. The wool shed burnt down in 1868. Still visible today are the foundations of a stone building, the markings of two turf corrals, platforms and pen areas plus a possible burial site near the beach.

After smoko the group was eager to explore with their metal detectors.   We set off to an area of beach located at the end of the turf wall to see if we could find any old clay pipes or remains from the 1800’s.  The group found some interesting bits and pieces, including an old metal valve.  We walked around the site - trying to imagine what it would have looked like all those years ago.   The children were also able to measure and record some of the foundations. 

Before we knew it, it was midday and it was time to move on to Goose Green for the children's sports.  We arrived just as money and sweets was being thrown in the air by organisers ...  and as you can imagine, the children were eager to join in finding it!  The mechanical bull was a huge hit again this year with Past Finders.  The day ended with a tug of war with the children from Mini Mi's nursery. 

Thank you goes to all that helped out in any way but especially to Keith and Glynis for letting us explore The Boca.