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Butterfly Cave

Item details

Name of item: Butterfly Cave
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Aboriginal
Category: Ceremonial site
Primary address: , West Wallsend, NSW 2286
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Awabakal
Hectares (approx): 0.0013
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
 West WallsendLake Macquarie  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This Aboriginal Place is culturally sensitive. This location is an approximation and the information has been restricted by the Aboriginal Community. For more information about this Aboriginal Place please contact the Heritage Information Management Team via email ahims@environment.nsw.gov.au
Date significance updated: 10 Jun 20
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Physical description: What is on the ground?
Butterfly Cave is in the suburb of West Wallsend, on the outskirts of Newcastle, in the vicinity of Mt Sugarloaf.

Nature of the environment
The cave is surrounded by vegetation and natural springs and it offers visual links to other culturally significant landmarks across the region such as Mt Sugarloaf.
Further information: This is a culturally sensitive site. Exact location is not public information. Butterfly Cave is a meeting and ceremonial place for Aboriginal women to perform traditional practices in safe and private ceremonies. The area is still used by Awabakal Women for cultural teaching and learning purposes.
Current use: Butterfly Cave is within Lot 103 of DP 1000408 within a Lake Macquarie City Council approved development site of approximately 400 housing lots (reference: DA 113/2011).

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. Aboriginal Culture-


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
NPW Act - Aboriginal Place  17 May 13 602202

References, internet links & images


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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5062859
File number: FIL 12/2296 & DOC 12/41346

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