Summary: Aboriginal engraving site which represents a man with fish which are his totem (or which he hopes to catch) near the Waratah Track. (Part of the Arden Trig series.)

On the opposite side of the road to the Waratah Track are a group of figures representing a man with fish which are his totem (or which he hopes to catch). This site is part of the Arden Trig Station group of Aboriginal engravings. The main figure is the man who is in “an active pose”; above his head is one of the five fish carved near him.

AWAT5835 LR highlighted Waratah Track Man and Fish

While the bottom half of the mean is quite weathered and his feet are hard to see, his upper torso is fairly distinct. His hair is bound in a conical coil, and he has five triangular fingers on each hand.

AWAT5841 LR Waratah Track Man and Fish

Directly above the man is a bream-like fish.

AWAT5849 LR Waratah Track Man and Fish

Some of the figures at this site are covered in leaves and debris; two more fish can be seen poking out from leaf litter next to the man’s outstretched arm.

AWAT5850 LR Waratah Track Man and Fish

Waratah Track Man and Fish - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by 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.
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.
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.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water National Park.
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.
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.
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