Summary: One of several Aboriginal engraving sites along Shark Rock Ridge. It includes a large stingray, multiple fish, emus, kangaroos and kangaroo rats and a man (who may be hunting or fishing).

Located along the route of an old telegraph line which followed Shark Rock Ridge, this Aboriginal engraving site includes multiple fish, kangaroos and kangaroo rats. A man with a sword club or boomerang stands beside them. McCarthy suggested the men were “hunting the kangaroo rats or are engaged in fishing”.

Engraving Mankind Group 98
Stingray Two kangaroos Kangaroo Emu Emu Emu Man and Boomerang Two fish

Stingray

AWAT2421 LR Shark Rock Ridge Hunting or Fishing Scene

Stingray or skate which is 7'6" in length, with a bar across its body and a median strip down its tail.

Two kangaroos

AWAT2419 LR Shark Rock Ridge Hunting or Fishing Scene

Above the stingray are two kangaroos; one of them is described as a young kangaroo with no tail.

Kangaroo

AWAT2436 LR Shark Rock Ridge Hunting or Fishing Scene

Emu

AWAT2431 LR Shark Rock Ridge Hunting or Fishing Scene

One of three emus in file

Emu

AWAT2430 LR Shark Rock Ridge Hunting or Fishing Scene

One of three emus in file

Emu

AWAT2426 LR Shark Rock Ridge Hunting or Fishing Scene

One of three emus in file

Man and Boomerang

AWAT2405 LR Shark Rock Ridge Hunting or Fishing Scene

A man ("tall, upright, long and narrow half oval head, no eyes, straight arms upraised") next to an angled boomerang.

Two fish

AWAT2408 LR Shark Rock Ridge Hunting or Fishing Scene

Two fish, both very weathered.

The most prominent figure in the group is a stingray or skate, which is 7’6″ in length, with a bar across its body and a median strip down its tail.

Above the stingray are two kangaroos; one of them is described as a young kangaroo with no tail.

A third kangaroo is just next to them.

Below the third kangaroo are three emus in file, who are standing head to tail: “all have their head and neck straight out from the body and appear to be feeding contentedly or walking in file”.

A short distance away is a man (“tall, upright, long and narrow half oval head, no eyes, straight arms upraised”) next to an angled boomerang.

AWAT2405 LR Shark Rock Ridge Hunting or Fishing Scene

Next to the man and boomerang are two fish, both very weathered.

Further along the rock platform are two kangaroo rats and another fish; these I could not locate.

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