ROCK-ART THAT SAYS ABORIGINES WERE NOT THE FIRST HERE
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Why did exploratory rock-art funding dry up after it was discovered that Australia’s Aborigines were likely not the first inhabitants. And why were rock paintings destroyed that clearly showed a more sophisticated indigenous people were present prior to, and at the same time, as our Aborigines?
Hmmm, could it blow the concept of Aborigines as the first inhabitants out of the water? Could a refusal to fund further exploration have something to do with land rights, outrageous funding levels or Constitutional recognition?
Only around 5,000 rock-art sites are known out of a possible 20,000 and it's troubling that sites such as those shown below have been desecrated.
After the alarming findings of a Graham Walsh (who spent 40 years studying Australian rock-art) were first published, they sent members of the Left wing “Australian Archaeological Association” into a panic. Walsh proposed that the paintings were drawn by an Asiatic people prior to, and since, the last ice age… around a mere 15,000 years ago.
Consequently, on the 18th December 1995, the Association issued a media statement declaring that Walsh's “interpretation” of rock-art was "racist”, thus funding was promptly discontinued.
But the enigma of these provocative rock-paintings lives on and cannot remain unexplained forever, despite the well-held belief that Australia’s Aborigines were Australia's original inhabitants.
There is a glaring gap between what we are asked to believe and what rock paintings show.
Australian Aborigines are, let’s face it, extremely primitive… not having invented the wheel or the concept of math. Numbers more than one are simply “many”. If you take the painting of the canoe (above) it has a high bow and stern meaning it was a sea-going vessel capable of riding steep waves to and from shore, not the usual paintings of hollowed out logs or folded bark.
The elongated figures (above) are of a different artistic genre to crude Aboriginal paintings which concentrated on simple spit-hand and dot designs. According to Walsh these paintings reflect distinctive Asiatic art.
I took a helicopter into the Kimberley, having dropped fuel drums at points where I swear no-one else has ever been… there were rivers and waterfalls without names. Schools of barramundi were swimming in numerous rock pools and you had to hide behind a tree to bait your hook.
Brilliantly coloured birds perched on my fishing rod and shoulders and giant goannas ambled across my feet as if I didn’t exist.
I can never forget seeing, from 400 ft, incredible shapes of conjoined hexagons. They were around a foot thick and 15 foot high and made from what looked like compressed black volcanic glassy material. But there are no volcanoes in Australia.
Each side of the conjoined hexagons looked to be around 8 ft across and each section held its own eco-culture of plants, birds, and I suspect small animals and insects. There was nowhere to land for miles and I was without a camera but I swore I would return… I haven’t got back there yet but the structure is still as clear as crystal in my head.
What the hell was it there for, who could have built such a complicated, sophisticated, structure? How old was it it? Was there drainage from the monsoonal rains? Did the different plants indicate those that could sustain long periods under water? It certainly wasn’t an Aboriginal structure.
This is only loosely connected to rock-art but Les Hiddins, the Bush Tucker Man (above) has for decades believed in a tribe of white Aborigines and he contacted me a few years back to say he had fresh evidence but asked me not to reveal anything of his findings until he got back to me. He didn’t get back to me.
The now defunct English “Leeds Mercury” newspaper published an extract that came from the private journal of a British officer, Lieutenant Nixon, who described how his exploring party in 1832, had discovered a white colony living in an oasis-like area in Australia’s interior.
Les believes the truth will lie in DNA testing but first we too must lay eyes on this white tribe or their remains.
Only a few hundred years ago, numerous Dutch ships were wrecked off the Kimberley’s rugged coast and it’s reasonable to believe Aboriginal tribes took in survivors who had no choice but to become completely assimilated.
Those survivors would have brought previously unknown European skills to an inaccessible tribe. Yet Les Hiddins’ quest for answers has centred mainly on the interior.
I am not suggesting these black honeycombed structures had anything to do with a white tribe, only a suggestion we have much yet to learn about Australia's Aboriginal anthropological history.
What I have seen was in entirely inaccessible parts of the Kimberley. And, along with the discoveries of the Kimberley Foundation, I feel that DNA will be more easily found within 500 miles inland from the Kimberley coast.
And I’m still waiting, Les.