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The Minister for the Interior ■ ■ ANCIENT CARVINGS TO BE PRESERVED

The O oram inna r o c k o a r v in g s i n C e n t r a l A u s t r a l i a ,

w h ic h a r e fro m 6 ,0 0 0 t o 1 0 ,0 0 0 y e a r s O ld , a r e t o b e p r e s e r v e d .

The M i n i s t e r f o r t h e I n t e r i o r , Mr P e t e r N ix o n , s a i d

to d a y t h e a n c i e n t c a r v i n g s p r e d a t e p r e s e n t A b o r i g i n a l c u l t u r e

i n C e n t r a l A u s t r a l i a . .

T hey w ere d i s c o v e r e d by a l o c a l r e s i d e n t i n 1 9 6 3 .

The c a r v i n g s a r e l o c a t e d i n a- 15 - a c r e a r e a 22 r o a d

m il e s s o u t h - w e s t o f A l i c e . S p r in g s and n e a r t h e C e n t r a l

A u s t r a l i a R a ilw a y . . . ■

Mr N ix o n s a i d l o c a l A b o r i g i n e s b e l i e v e t h e c a r v i n g s

w ere c r e a t e d by two l e g e n d a r y r a in m a k e r s . In t h e m y t h i c a l p a s t

t h e r a in m a k e r s t r a v e l l e d fro m K o r p o r i l y a S p r in g n e a r H e rm a n n sb u rg

t o a p o i n t n e a r S a n ta T e r e s a M is s io n . '

The l o c a l A b o r i g i n e s b e l i e v e t h a t en r o u t e , t h e r a in m a k e r s

r e s t e d n e a r O oram inna an d c r e a t e d t h e c a r v i n g s .

. The c a r v i n g s c o n s i s t o f c h a r a c t e r i s t i c c i r c l e s , t r a c k s .

an d l i n e a r e n g r a v i n g s , a n d s e v e r a l d e s i g n s o f s m a ll human f i g u r e s

w e a r in g s t r a n g e h e a d o rn a m e n ts . .

Mr N ix o n s a i d t h a t u n d e r a p r o c l a m a t io n i n t o d a y ’ s

G a z e t t e , t h e a r e a w ould b e r e s e r v e d f o r p r e s e r v a t i o n a s a p l a c e

o f h i s t o r i c i n t e r e s t .

9 J u l y 1970 *