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Kings Tableland

Item details

Name of item: Kings Tableland
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Aboriginal
Category: Rock Engraving
Location: Lat: -33.74256656430 Long: 150.38376795500
Primary address: , Wentworth Falls, NSW 2782
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deerubbin
Hectares (approx): 8.7
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
 Wentworth FallsBlue Mountains   Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Why is it an Aboriginal place?
Kings Tableland Aboriginal Place is a camping and meeting place of significance to Gundungurra people.

Why is it important to Aboriginal people?
Kings Tableland Aboriginal Place is significant to Aboriginal culture because it includes, but is not limited to, a sandstone rock platform with extensive grinding and other grooves, a shelter with rock art that has been recorded as being the oldest Aboriginal site in the Blue Mountains region and containing unique vertically engraved depictions of kangaroo and bird tracks.

It also provides the Gundungurra peoples with a traditional and historical connection to the Blue Mountains area. The area was used as a camping and meeting place where connections with neighbouring Aboriginal groups travelling through their Country and along the traditional walking tracks (now known as the Great Western Highway and the Ingar Fire Trail) occurred. The Kings Tableland was historically used as a camping site by Aboriginal residents of the Burragorang Valley Aboriginal camp who would walk to Wentworth Falls and Katoomba for employment purposes until the early 1900s.
Date significance updated: 13 May 15
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Description

Physical description: What's on the ground?
The Aboriginal Place contains a sandstone rock platform with extensive grinding and other grooves, a shelter with rock art and containing unique vertically engraved depictions of kangaroo and bird tracks.

Nature of the environment
The vegetation of the area includes dry sclerophyll forest with some areas of cleared land.
Further information: Located within Blue Mountains National Park
Current use: An area managed for the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and for public enjoyment. Activities which might harm or desecrate this Aboriginal Place are not permitted.

History

Historical notes: The land comprising the Kings Tableland Aboriginal Place is located within the Blue Mountains National Park, an area managed for the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and for public enjoyment. Activities which might harm or desecrate this Aboriginal Place are not permitted and such activities include: the erection of a building in the area; the carrying out of a work in, on or under the area; the subdivision of the area; and the clearing of native vegetation in the area.

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-

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
NPW Act - Aboriginal Place  04 Nov 11 1066537 - 653

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
ElectronicNSW Government2011Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales View detail

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5062943
File number: 09/13190 & DOC 11/22402


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