Summary: Three slabs of rock that were part of a larger Aboriginal engraving site, which were re-located to the St Ives Wildflower Garden during the construction of the F3 freeway.

During the construction of the F3 freeway, a number of Aboriginal engraving sites were destroyed or relocated. One of these sites was partly re-located to the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. Three slabs of rocks were moved from the site of the freeway, and lie in close proximity in the Wildflower Garden in St Ives.

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One of the engravings is a single fish, which was originally part of a line of three fish.


A second slab of rock has an engraving of a man, who was also part of a series of six men. The slab has split down the middle.

AWAT2577 LR 1 Wildflower Garden Engravings

The top part of the man’s torso shows the cracking of the slab around his head, and the feet of the man above him (which was not re-located, but has been lost).

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Part of the man’s left leg has been lost.

AWAT2580 LR Wildflower Garden Engravings

The second man is on a separate rock slab; part of the figure is hard to make out, but many of the groves can still be seen.

AWAT2939 LR Wildflower Garden Engravings

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