Timeline of recent rock art discoveries in Wollemi
"... the most significant Aboriginal rock art find in 50 years..." (James Woodford, SMH 4/7/03)
- October: Eagles Reach cave discovered by members of the Sutherland Bushwalking Club.
- May: Bushwalker and historian Andy McQueen visits the site, scouting for a safer access route on behalf of the Australian Museum. Then, a team from the Australian Museum including Professor Paul Tacon, Wayne Brennan, and Dr Matthew Kelleher reach the site. Also on this trip are representatives of the aboriginal people from surrounding areas: Evan Gallard (Yanna Muru) of the Darug, Shaun Hooper of the Wiradjuri, and Dave Pross of the Darkinjung.
- September: Tacon and Brennan report that Eagles Reach is just one of many sites on this remote plateau. Additional trips to the plateau have increased the number of know sites to 30. Of these about 22 are rock shelters containing art.
Also a firestick was found in a cave by bushwalker Micheal Jackson on an Australian Museum trip to the Eagles Reach plateau. (SMH 27/9/03)
- October: The Catalyst show on ABC TV has a segment on the new rock art finds in Wollemi.
- March: Bushwalkers Peter Lloyd, Richard Searle, Tim Stewart, and Mark Taylor
(unrelated to the Australian Museum team) discover several exciting new cave art sites in the area.
One cave contains animal drawings including a possible depiction of a Tasmanian tiger.
Another cave contains drawings of women, including one who is giving birth. (SMH 14/10/06 and pers. comm., photos: Tim Stewart)
- December: Paul Tacon says dozens of previously unrecorded rock art sites have been found in the area, suggesting that a traditional Aboriginal travel route (possibly a Dreaming track) ran east-west across Wollemi National Park. (ABC Science Online, 2/12/05).
- April: The same group of bushwalkers as above (Mar 2005) find previously unreported
area containing relatively high density of sites comprising cave art
and rock engravings. Finds are reported to Australian Museum team (Matthew
Kelleher) who express desire to explore this area (pers. comm.)
- October: The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Sydney bushwalker Peter Butler has found a stone age axe, complete with handle, in a rock shelter in Wollemi. This was found on a trip lead by Matthew Kelleher (following up on reports received by the four independent bushwalkers mentioned above). A rock platform ("Gallery Rock") containing engravings of at least 40 figures has also been found. (SMH 14/10/06)
- April: The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a rock platform 100 metres by 50 metres has been found in Wollemi which is covered in engravings, including many spiritual beings. It is said to be the largest engraving site in the whole of the greater Blue Mountains. (SMH 21/4/07 and ABC Online 14/10/07)
Let the discoveries continue...
- July: The Sydney Morning Herald reports that more rock art has been found at remote locations in Wollemi called "Forgotten Ridge" and "Forgotten Creek" (SMH 15/7/08)