In February 2006 – New Aboriginal rock carvings were discovered at Walkabout Park
The rangers at Walkabout Park are still exploring the area, which is steeped in Aboriginal history. There have already been a number of intriguing archaeological finds, and we are sure there are still many treasures to be found at Walkabout Park. With “knowing our land” as our philosophy, the team at Walkabout Park are continually looking for Aboriginal sites that are yet to be re-discovered.
In February 2006, members of the team found a new carving site just off to the side of Walkabout Park’s renowned giant emu carving. The new site is very weathered and warn, but there is no question that the carving consists of two very small emu images, each similar to the giant emu nearby. The images are each only about 6 inches across, about one hundredth the size of the big emu carving.
The carvings, including the giant emu carving, have not been dated, but local Aboriginal representative David Pross (ex Chairman of the Darkinjung Land Council) told the local news station that the nature of the carvings, and their proximity to other carvings in the area, which have been dated, suggest that they are between 500 and 1,000 years old.
Indigenous Australians are descendants of the first known human inhabitants of the Australian continent and its nearby islands. The term includes both the Torres Strait Islanders and the Aboriginal People, who together make up about 2.5% of Australia's population. The latter term is usually used to refer to those who live in mainland Australia, Tasmania, and some of the other adjacent islands. The Torres Strait Islanders are indigenous Australians who live in the Torres Strait Islands between Australia and New Guinea. Indigenous Australians are recognised to have arrived between 40,000 and 70,000 years ago, though the lower end of this range ( 50 000 BC) has wider acceptance.
The term Indigenous Australians encompasses many diverse communities and societies, and these are further divided into local communities with unique cultures. Fewer than 200 of the languages of these groups remain in use — all but 20 are highly endangered. It is estimated that prior to the arrival of British settlers the population of Indigenous Australians was up to 1 000 000 across the continent. The distribution of people was similar to that of the current Australian population, with the majority living in the south east centered along the Murray River.