Up on a hill behind Promontory Way there is a sign stating that there are Aboriginal Artefacts on the site. Last week I published an article by Patricia Neal, whose family built a house at the Cove in the 1950’s. Patricia spoke about the site and said that the piles of rocks on the site were actually put there by army personal when they used the area for training in the late 60’s and 70’s. She said that her family had even dug up an army greatcoat from amongst the rocks. It would be interesting to know the views of the local aboriginal communities about the site. I have spoken to Len Roberts and he thinks that it is an army site.
There are quite a few aboriginal artefacts in the North Arm Cove area. Aboriginals would have lived in the area for thousands of years and the most common relics are shell middens. The white settlers also used shell for a variety of purposes, so without digging, it can be difficult to identify genuine aboriginal sites. However, I suspect the shell fragments on the northern end of The Ridgeway and another site at Beauty Point are both Aboriginal middens.
An archaeological survey was carried out in the Carrington area in the mid eighties when Boral owned a lot of the land. There was a proposal to subdivide the land into small residential lots plus some bigger rural residential blocks. The proposed development and subdivision did not go ahead, one of the main reasons being the presence historical relics from the AA Company. The archaeological survey also identified some aboriginal artefacts including a canoe scarred tree where the bark had been stripped to make a canoe.
Our area has a rich history. When you go for a walk, keep your eyes open. You never know what you will find.