Summary: Behind a row of houses is a large rock platform with a small number of engravings including fish and a kangaroo.

The Aboriginal engraving site at Blackfellow’s Head Spur was once a much bigger site, but some of it was destroyed by development and one group of engraving was relocated to Quarter Sessions Road. A few engravings remain behind a row of houses at the very bottom of Quarter Sessions Road.

IMG 8414 LR Blackfellows Head, Westleigh

The largest engraving is of a kangaroo, which was described by McCarthy as “poorly drawn”.

AWAT6170 LR Blackfellows Head, Westleigh

On the same section of rock as the kangaroo is a row of three fish.

AWAT6190 LR Blackfellows Head, Westleigh

The three fish were described as “bream like” and are about two feet in length.

Another figure is engraved nearby, which was not documented by McCarthy – it may be a later (fake) addition.

AWAT6195 LR Blackfellows Head, Westleigh

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