Summary: The Currawong Road site features a six-metre high, circumcised Daramulum figure, who is holding an axe.

Located near the Poppy Trig station (which no longer exists), this site features a six-metre high Daramulan figure, who is holding an axe. Nine toes are visible on Daramulan’s one leg, which may represent the toes of both feet (Daramulan or Daramulum figures are always depicted with one leg). The Daramulan figure has a band across his penis, which suggests circumcision – something that generally wasn’t performed in eastern NSW – or it could be a painted band. McCarthy’s interpretation included the possibility that he represents “a culture hero about whom a myth has spread from the interior”.

Large Daramulan figure at Currawong Road site

The Daramulan figure is better captured by this composite photo by Sydney Rock Art.

daramulum Currawong Road engraving
Source: Sydney Rock Art

The site originally had a total of six figures, including another male human and a half-finished figure – these are no longer visible.

Currawong Road engraving - 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.
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.
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.
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.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water 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.
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