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Rock Art of the Kimberley
Rock Art of the Kimberley
Rock Art of the Kimberley
The Kimberley
North-West Australia

In 1993 a small group mounted an expedition in the Kimberley, North-West Australia to study the rock art. This consisted of Robert Hefner III, Damon de Laszlo, Michael McGuire, John Robinson, Giles Mead, Bruce Dyson and rock art researcher Grahame Walsh. Due to the lack of roads and tracks, the group travelled through the remote landscape using two helicopters - using two in case of mechanical failure. The areas visited included Prince Regent River, Bigge Island, Roe River, King Edward River, Mitchell Falls and Drysdale River.

By the end of the expedition, the group had become fully committed to the rock art of the Kimberley and it was agreed that the Bradshaw Foundation be founded, in order to further the research and the preservation of the art. In 1994 ‘Bradshaws: Ancient Rock Paintings of North-West Australia’ was published. Shortly afterwards, the Bradshaw Foundation website was launched.

The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Helicopter to cover the terrain
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Drysdale River
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Paradise Pool at Roe River
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Paradise Pool at Roe River
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Tropical vegetation at Calder River
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Wren Gorge
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Cliffs with Wanjina paintings
Cliffs with Wanjina paintings
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Cliffs with Wanjina paintings
Cliffs with Wanjina paintings
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Examining the paintings
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Examining the Paintings
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Examining the paintings
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Gwion motif painting
Gwion motif painting
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
(Clockwise left) Rock art paintings from the at King Edward River; Foot Painting; Hand paintings; Hand painting with figure; Examining rock art at a site.
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia Cranes
Rock art painting of Cranes
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Robert Hefner III sketching a Dingo
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Gwion motif painting
Gwion motif painting
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Hand shows scale of the paintings
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Spear-Throwers and Boomerangs
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Giant hand and Crocodile
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
(Clockwise left) Fish depicted in rock art from the Kimberley; Two Figures; Standing Figure; Figure with zig zags; Female Figure.
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Gwion motif The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Gwion motif painting
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Gwion motif The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Gwion motif painting
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Gwion motif The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Gwion motif painting
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Gwion motif The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Gwion motif painting
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Gwion motif painting
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The Kimberley Rock Art North West Australia
Damon de Laszlo & John Robinson
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Rock Art Links

→ Australia Rock Art Index
→ Introduction to the Australia Rock Art Archive
→ Rock Art of the Kimberley
→ Dating the Rock Art of the Kimberley
→ Australia's Oldest Known Rock Art
→ Film - Griffith University's Laureate
→ ABC Radio National 'Nightlife'
→  Experts rush to map fire-hit rock art
→ The aftermath of fire damage to important rock art at the Baloon Cave tourist destination, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland, Australia
→ Studying the Source of Dust
→ The Kimberley
→ Out in the Back Country - Hugh Brown → Bradshaw Foundation
→ Rock Art Network

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