National Heritage Places - Jordan River Levee
The Jordan River Levee site is of outstanding heritage value to the nation because of its special cultural relationship with Tasmanian Indigenous people and the story it tells of our history from colonisation until today. The Jordan River Levee is a rare and ancient stratified open site and is one of the last remaining physical links for Indigenous Tasmanians to their ancestors, traditional way of life and cultural practices. It provides Tasmanian Aboriginals with a physical and symbolic link with their identity and culture.
Tasmanian Aboriginal people have a unique position in Australia's history. Following the death of Truganini in 1876, the Aboriginality of the Tasmanian Indigenous community was officially denied. This denial of their identity resulted in the widespread disruption of the physical remains of their culture and ancestors. The Jordan River Levee site provides Indigenous Tasmanians with an uninterrupted and undisturbed connection to their ancestors and culture and also their struggle to maintain and defend their identity in the face of denial and other threats.
The area to be placed on the National Heritage List includes the river levee bank and its associated archaeological site located on public land along the north northwest parallel of the Jordan River. The Jordan River Levee was placed on the National Heritage List on 23 December 2011.