Summary: Apple Tree Bay Shelter near Bobbin Head has stencils of two fish and 12 hands one panel, and charcoal drawings on another panel

A shallow but tall shelter on Cowan Creek near Apple Tree Bay contains a number of stencils and paintings. Most of them are are well-preserved, although there is some graffiti. Even back in 1899, W.D. Campbell lamented: “The whole group is much disfigured by the modern scribbling of names, reminding one of some lines that the Writer saw scribbled upon a lighthouse at Dovecourt in Essex, England, where numerous scribbers had defaced the white-painted ironwork – ‘Fools’ names and monkeys’ faces are always seen in public places’.

AWAT9385 LR Apple Tree Bay Shelter

Within the shelter are twelve hands (two of them are children’s hands) and two fish which are stencilled in white.

AppletreeBay SWA handstencils Apple Tree Bay Shelter

Lower on the shelter wall are charcoal drawings of three kangaroos, a shield and a boomerang.

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Charcoal paintings at Apple Tree Bay Shelter

Apple Tree Bay Shelter - 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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