Summary: A significant Aboriginal engraving site, which has a group of figures engraved on a small rock platform near the walking track.

Situated not far from a bushwalking track that starts at the end of Alston Drive is a small, but significant, Aboriginal engraving site. It was illustrated some years ago, which captures all of the figures. (It’s interesting to see that the forest around the site has almost no undergrowth, which is very different from the bush today.)

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Source: Man Made the City but God Made the Bush

The site depicts nine figures with outstretched arms and possibly a kangaroo; they are still clearly visible, although early morning or late afternoon light is best to see them.

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This video by Matt Niven also describes the engravings, as well as a more recent engraving further down the track.

The figures have been described as “warriors” or a scene where “three men are chasing away two women from the site”… but as with most Aboriginal sites, we don’t know what the site means or its significance.

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Alston Drive engravings - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by National Park

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.
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.
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.
A review of different techniques for photographing Aboriginal rock art. This includdes oblique flash, chain and planar mosaic imaging which combines hundreds of overlapping photos.
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