Summary: An Aboriginal engraving site along Shark Rock Ridge, which may represent "a hunting incident in the mythology or a totemic ritual".

This Aboriginal engraving site along the route of an old telegraph line which followed Shark Rock Ridge is somewhat intriguimg. It was first documented by W.D. Campnell in 1899, who described two turtles, an emu, four shields and an “imperfect figure of a man”. Many years later, McCarthy described the same site as having two koalas, “posed as though clinging to or climbing trees” as well as a legless bird, four shields and a single man.

IMG 3767 LR Shark Rock Ridge Koalas and ShieldsIMG 3767 LR highlighted Shark Rock Ridge Koalas and Shields

One koala has a human-like foot, and was described as a “composite human-koala figure”. The four shields may indicate four men, who have not been drawn.

IMG 3770 LR Shark Rock Ridge Koalas and Shields

MCarthy suggested the site may represent “a hunting incident in the mythology or a totemic ritual”.

On the large tesselated rock platforms are remnants of a small number of heaped rocks, what may have been stone arrangements.

IMG 3768 LR Shark Rock Ridge Koalas and Shields

Shark Rock Ridge Koalas and Shields - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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