Tag Archives: Hunter Valley

20,000 Aboriginal artefacts

The new M15 Hunter Expressway knocks half an hour off our trip to Sydney. It bypasses the most tiresome part of the old journey, replacing it with travel at 110 kilometres an hour. During the construction of the 40 kilometre … Continue reading

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Aboriginal axe

The recent drought laid the whole property bare.  I thought we’d find some horseshoes on the ground. But instead my brother found this. Above the dam on Native Dog. It’s the first Aboriginal tool we’ve found here. It doesn’t look … Continue reading

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Baiame – The Maker of All Things

Awesome is an overused word. It is also a misused one. But in relation to this rock painting of the creator being Baiame, it is the only appropriate word. Awesome, in its true sense. Baiame is the creator spirit of … Continue reading

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Dogs on the Backs of Utes 5

Cessnock, Saturday morning 27 July, two hours further down the Hunter Valley from home. A ute, a dog and a swag…kind of perfect, don’t you agree? Oh, a swag is the Australian word for bedroll. So, a man who travelled … Continue reading

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10,000 years at Camberwell

Aboriginal occupation of the Hunter Valley began at least 20,000 years ago. Further to my previous post on the coal mining threat to Camberwell, the archaeological evidence is that Aboriginal occupation around Camberwell is one of the longest in the … Continue reading

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Signs in the landscape – the Common

At the start of the Gundy Common. The concept of ‘the common’, of land held by a whole community, is a venerable and ancient one no longer current. A concept of the invading forces of white settlement that has a … Continue reading

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Between the mostly dry Kewell, Lagoon and Native Dog Creeks

I live on a grazing property on the Page River in the upper Hunter Valley, about 300 km North West of Sydney. I love it and I hate it. I want to write about the things I love, the things … Continue reading

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