Australian Museum Journal An axe quarry at Moor Creek, Tamworth District, New South Wales

Shortform:
McCarthy, 1941, Rec. Aust. Mus. 21(1): 19–20
Author(s):
McCarthy, Frederick D.
Year published:
1941
Title:
An axe quarry at Moor Creek, Tamworth District, New South Wales
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
21
Issue:
1
Start page:
19
End page:
20
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.21.1941.521
Language:
English
Plates:
plate iv
Date published:
04 July 1941
Cover date:
04 July 1941
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ANTHROPOLOGY; ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN
Digitized:
29 June 2009
Reference number:
521
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (99kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (735kb PDF)

Abstract

Some years ago Mr. E. Wyndham, of Daruka Station, Moor Creek, informed me that there was an aboriginal axe quarry on his property, and in May, 1940, I was able to visit the site. The station is now owned by Mr. G. Powell, who was absent at the time of my visit. One of his employees, Mr. Dell Fisher, kindly escorted me to the quarry. The quarry is, situated on top of a high ridge, running north and south, which separates Moor Creek valley from Tamworth. At several points along this ridge are outcrops of basalt, consisting of weathered columnar slabs. The main outcrop extends for about 300 yards and is from fifteen to twenty feet in width. The flat-sided slabs vary from rectangular to trapezoid, occasionally triangular, in section, and range from small pieces to columns several feet long. The stream-like outcrop is broken at several points where there are depressions in the mass of stones; several of these depressions occur beside one end of the outcrop, Places at which the aborigines worked are denoted by patches of flakes, among which, or nearby, hammerstones were found (Plate iv, fig. 6).

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