Summary: A low but long shelter with Aboriginal rock art along Ellem Gully, which has over 100 motifs in charcoal and red ochre. The figures include many kangaroos and some hand stencils.

This fairly low shelter along Ellem Gully with Aboriginal rock art has over 100 motifs, which are in fairly good condition. The site has many overlapping figures, in both charcoal and red ochre. One of the panels has a large wallaby or kangaroo.

Image analysis shows that the macropods has been drawn in both charcoal, and red ochre.

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There are also two hand stencils, and a curved figure which may be a boomerang.

Two, smaller wallabies/kangaroos are facing each other.

Another wallaby/kangaroo. which has a more upright posture, has also been drawn in both charcoal and red ochre.

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Two more kangaroos are drawn in an uprright position.

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A large panel has a prominent hand stencil, and a small charcoal figure.

The charcoal figure (below the hand) is a small human figure, with upraised hands.

There is a hand stencil and fairly crude shield in another large panel.

Just above the shield are two charcoal figures, overlapping with a red ochre figure (which may be an anthropomorph with a rayed head-dress).

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A few more red ochre figures (one of them possibly a wombat) are only obvious with some image enhancement.

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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.
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.