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Islands of History : Recent discoveries on Yaburara country (Dampier Archipelago) - historical inscriptions from pre-colonial visitors Other events...
Research undertaken as part of the Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming project across the Dampier Archipelago has discovered rock art that provides significant new evidence about historical visits before white settlement in 1861. These assist a better understanding of Yaburara life in the islands prior to the Flying Foam Massacre of 1868. Archaeological evidence demonstrates that the Yaburara were using the islands during the late Holocene after an intensive period of occupation in the Early Holocene. This more recent use includes rock art production focussed on the islands’ margins. Amongst the most recent rock art repertoire of the outer islands is a newly discovered image of a ship. We argue that this is of the HMS Mermaid, a British vessel captained by Phillip Parker King in his survey of Australia’s coastlines in 1817-1822. This engraved ship provides additional insights into the cross-cultural encounters documented by King with the Yaburara people. Rosemary Island and West Lewis Island have also revealed the earliest archaeological evidence for the presence of American whalers in North West Australia, created by the crews of the whaleships Connecticut (1842) and Delta (1849). Rare examples of maritime inscriptions, these are, uniquely, superimposed over earlier Indigenous rock art motifs. These maritime commemorations represent distinct mark-making practices by North American whalers encountering an already-inscribed landscape, providing insight into the earliest phases of North West Australia’s colonial history.
Speaker(s) Alistair Paterson and Jo McDonald (presenting) on behalf of co-researchers Tiffany Shellam, Peter Veth, Ken Mulvaney, Ross Anderson, Joe Dortch, and Sarah de Koning
Location Law Lecture Room 1, G.31
Contact Martin Porr <martin.porr@uwa.edu.au >
Start Thu, 28 Feb 2019 16:00
End Thu, 28 Feb 2019 17:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <ss@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:33
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