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Aboriginal Carvings

Item details

Name of item: Aboriginal Carvings
Type of item: Archaeological-Terrestrial
Group/Collection: Aboriginal
Category: Art site
Primary address: Marks Park (just south of Mackenzies Point), Bondi, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Marks Park (just south of Mackenzies Point)BondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

This well known set of carvings is not referred by Dowd or Ashton and McPherson, even though it is of the same type as the protected one at North Bondi. The figures now visible are a very large marine creature, perhaps a whale seen from above, and a smaller whale-like figure, seen in profile. The carvings are very close to the walking track but have not been in any way vandalised, perhaps because few people are aware of their existence. In this case, benign neglect may be the best protection.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1890-1890
Current use: Aboriginal carvings
Former use: Aboriginal carvings

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
2. Peopling-Peopling the continent Aboriginal cultures and interactions with other cultures-Activities associated with maintaining, developing, experiencing and remembering Aboriginal cultural identities and practices, past and present. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
This item is of archaeological significance
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  06 Dec 96   
Local Environmental Plan  26 Oct 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990A1Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620402

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