Australian Museum Journal A remarkable gallery of cave paintings in eastern New South Wales

Shortform:
McCarthy, 1961, Rec. Aust. Mus. 25(7): 115–120
Author(s):
McCarthy, Frederick D.
Year published:
1961
Title:
A remarkable gallery of cave paintings in eastern New South Wales
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
25
Issue:
7
Start page:
115
End page:
120
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.25.1961.659
Language:
English
Plates:
plates 7–8, figures and foldout
Date published:
01 March 1961
Cover date:
01 March 1961
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN; ANTHROPOLOGY
Digitized:
18 April 2007
Available online:
18 April 2007
Reference number:
659
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (77kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (2278kb PDF)

Abstract

The rock shelter containing this extraordinarily fine set of drawings and stencils is situated in the Hawkesbury district on Crown land. Because of the need to protect the gallery from vandals its precise locality cannot be disclosed. For this reason, also, the Cumberland County Council has erected a thick wire screen across the entire front of the shelter.

The shelter forms part of the vertical face, about 8 ft. high, of an extensive sandstone rock surface which runs across the base of a marsh. A dozen potholes, 3 ft. to 4 ft. in diameter and up to 2 ft. deep, have been formed in the bed of the main flow of water, which runs in rainy weather and is usually seeping over the rock. Beside some of these pools are, in all, several dozen axe-grinding grooves.