Tunnel talk

THE town is abuzz today with speculation that the rumoured convict tunnel beneath Burnett St was uncovered during roadworks this week.

The existence of a tunnel between Willow Court and the River Derwent has long been dismissed by authorities who have suggested the rumours really related to a brick-built barrel drain which has been uncovered from time to time and as recently as a fortnight ago during the current roadworks.

It is not known whether today’s talk – which relates to an alleged incident yesterday – involved the barrel drain or whether there is indeed a convict tunnel under one of New Norfolk’s busiest streets. Stay tuned.

SATURDAY UPDATE: Former Derwent Valley Gazette reporter has the story in today’s issue of the Mercury newspaper here, suggesting that the tunnel is one of several, connected to the Bush Inn Hotel.

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