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Aboriginal Rock Carvings (Murriverie)

Item details

Name of item: Aboriginal Rock Carvings (Murriverie)
Type of item: Archaeological-Terrestrial
Group/Collection: Aboriginal
Category: Art site
Primary address: Williams Park/Bondi Golf Course, Bondi, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Williams Park/Bondi Golf CourseBondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The carvings at Murriverie Rocks have attracted a good deal of attention and have been the object of misguided attempts at preservation; they were retouched in 1951 and fenced (Dowd, 293), then retouched again in 1964 (plaque, see attached photo). Currently they are poorly drained and pools of water are forming in the holes: the effects of water might not be so bad, but the existence of the pools is leading to interference; in one 15 minute period there I saw a person washing golf balls and a dog rolling around in the water (photo attached). These carvings deserve serious attention and their drainage should be investigated as a matter of urgency. On the positive side, it is good to note that the carvings are not being vandalised; graffiti and paint are confined to the modern European carvings immediately to their north.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1890-1890
Current use: Rock carvings
Former use: Rock 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: Altered sympathetically
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 Study1990A2-7Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Database number: 2620403

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