Summary: A potentially significant site near the Bairne Trig, which has figures of men and women, an unusual shield and what may be a stone arrangement.

This seems to be a significant Aboriginal engraving site near Bairne Trig, although the the figures were not recorded by Campbell, McCarthy or Sim. At one end of the site is a man (or deity) who has an oval protuberance from his headl it may be an ornament or his hair. (A deity at Mount Murray Anderson has a similar protuberance, while a man in Muogamarra Reserve with a similar protuberance was described as having a “pointed hair curl”).

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Thete are a number of adjacent figures at the opposite end of the site, which are also quite close to each other. A man and woman are just above above a speared fish.

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The shield and fish are fairly distinct.

The man and woman also have quite distinct features; both their arms are upraised and they have pointed feet (with no toes).

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Just above these four figures is another human-like figure and a quite unusual shield.

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The man (or anthropomorph) has lines or ornaments across his chest, and two protrusions from his head. He also appears to be holding two objects.

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The shield, which is about a metre in length, has multiple longitudinal lines as well as what appear to be crescents or boomerangs wthtin its outline.

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Beyond the engravings is what may be a stone arrangement.

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Bairne Trig Figures - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by National Park

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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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.
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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.
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