Summary: First recorded by the 1st Hornsby Scout Group, this Aboriginal engraving site depicts a man and his pregnant wife.

This Aboriginal engraving site was first recorded and sketched by 1st Hornsby (2nd Section) Boy Scouts in 1948, and then doumented by McCarthy and Hansen in 1958. A detailed report by J.C. Lough in 1967, which was conducted to identify carving sites in the vicinity of the Sydney to Newcastle freeway, also recorded some additional engravings of kangaroos and fish nearby (Porto Gully Two Wallabies).

The site depicts “a pregnant woman, short and rounded, with a man (her husband) wearing a rayed headband, girdle and a band across his eyes which are placed unusually low on his face” (McCarthy). Both figures are fairly weathered.

Engraving McCarthy COWAN Group70 Porto Gully Man and Woman

The man is 5′ 6″ high, with outstretched arms, with an elongated penis, and bulbous knees.

AWAT8434 LR Porto Gully Man and Woman

The head of the pregnant woman is barely visible, but her pregnant body is still distinct, as is her “deep carved vagina”.

AWAT8426 LR Porto Gully Man and WomanAWAT8426 LR highlighted Porto Gully Man and Woman

Porto Gully Man and Woman - 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.
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.
There are about 300 recorded Aboriginal heritage sites in Wollemi National Park, with the rugged and remote environment meaning many sites are yet to be "discovered" and recorde.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water National Park.
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.
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