Summary: An Aboriginal engraving site in Maroota depicting a kangaroo hunt, the figures include a man, two kangaroos, three koalas and two eels.

On a remote spur to the east of the Old Northern Road is an Aboriginal rock engraving site, which was described as depicting a kangaroo hunt.

At one end of the platform are two barred eels and a goanna.

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The eels are both about five feet in length, with four bars cross their bodies. The phalanger (possum) or goanna overlaps one of the eels.

Near the eels are three koalas (“koala bears”), all described as being “in typical profile pose on a tree or in the fork of a tree”. (The koala, eels, and goanna or phalanger were probably totems of the members of the local group which occupied this locality.)

A kangaroo (4′ 3″ in length) has two mundoes on one side, and another three mundoes on the other. A short bar in its tail may represent a spear.

A bit further to the east is an unusual figure of a man, with an oval head, two eyes, upraised arms and legs outspread. An oval intagliated penis tapers from the top inside his crotch to a narrow end.

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Near man is a large (8′ 6″) kangaroo, which is “leaping westward in a classical pose”.

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Ashdale Spur engravings - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by 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.
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.
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. Many more Aboriginal heritage sites are located in the Marramarra National Park. The original inhabitants of the 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.
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.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water National Park.
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