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.

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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.

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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.

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Wildflower Garden Engravings - Site Summary

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