Abstract

Some years ago Mr. E. Wyndham, of Daruka Station, Moor Creek, informed me that there was an aboriginal axe quarry on his property, and in May, 1940, I was able to visit the site. The station is now owned by Mr. G. Powell, who was absent at the time of my visit. One of his employees, Mr. Dell Fisher, kindly escorted me to the quarry. The quarry is, situated on top of a high ridge, running north and south, which separates Moor Creek valley from Tamworth. At several points along this ridge are outcrops of basalt, consisting of weathered columnar slabs. The main outcrop extends for about 300 yards and is from fifteen to twenty feet in width. The flat-sided slabs vary from rectangular to trapezoid, occasionally triangular, in section, and range from small pieces to columns several feet long. The stream-like outcrop is broken at several points where there are depressions in the mass of stones; several of these depressions occur beside one end of the outcrop, Places at which the aborigines worked are denoted by patches of flakes, among which, or nearby, hammerstones were found (Plate iv, fig. 6).

 
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Short Form
McCarthy, 1941, Rec. Aust. Mus. 21(1): 19–20
Author
Frederick D. McCarthy
Year
1941
Title
An axe quarry at Moor Creek, Tamworth District, New South Wales
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
21
Issue
1
Start Page
19
End Page
20
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.21.1941.521
Language
English
Plates
plate iv
Date Published
04 July 1941
Cover Date
04 July 1941
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ANTHROPOLOGY; ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN
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29 June 2009
Reference Number
521
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