Eleven red ochre hand stencils in a rock shelter near Alan Road (partially destroyed in 1985)

One of two shelters containing Aboriginal art near Alan Road, the western part of this sandstone overhang was destroyed in March 1985 when the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board cleared an access track to a proposed sewerage shaft near Joe Crafts Creek.

Source: NPWS

While part of the rockshelter was reduced to rubble before the construction work was stopped, sixteen hand stencils survived in the right-hand section of the overhang (also referred to as the eastern shelter).

Eleven of the red ochre hand stencils are still visible.

Indigenous sites by National Park

Over 40 sites have been recorded within the park; many were located along the river bank and were flooded by the building of the weir in 1938.
Many sites Aboriginal engraving sites across the inner suburbs of Sydney have been destroyed or are very weatheredl. The sites which remain are isolated from their natural environment.
Located to the north-west of Sydney, just south of the Dharug and Yengo National Parks. Maroota has a high concentration of (known) Aboriginal sites. The original inhabitants of the Maroota area were the Darug people.
Yengo National Park was an important spiritual and cultural place for the Darkinjung and Wonnarua People for thousands of years, and 640 Aboriginal cultural sites are recorded in the park and nearby areas.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water National Park.
Over a hundred Aboriginal sites have been recorded in the Hornsby region, with many of these in the Berowra Valley National Park and around the suburb of Berowra.


Leave a Reply