Wildrocks frustrations

Mike will be travelling in Arnhem Land from 17 July to 6 August 2019 so will be unable to process orders and queries in that time.

Continuing frustration in getting approval to publish rock art images from central Australia’s MacDonnell Ranges, the Western Desert, and some areas of the Kimberley has the proposed publication Australia’s Rock ArtĀ on hold for the moment. And access to large areas of Determined Native Title Lands in the Kimberley is currently being denied to bushwalkers and rock art researchers pending a review of access permission protocols. It is likely than many of the rock art sites illustrated in the Wildrocks three volume Kimberley Rock Art books will no longer be accessible and these volumes become an even more valuable contribution to our knowledge and appreciation of this amazing heritage.

Australia’s Rock Art book

Traditional Aboriginal Owners in central Australia requested that rock art images from the MacDonnell and nearby ranges not be published in this proposed book despite being publicly accessible in National Parks or Reserves. Most of these paintings have been published many times previously, and in many cases images are available on the internet, so they are already in the public domain. Similar refusals to approve publication of images from the Carnarvon Range in Western Australia were received from the Traditional Owners of this recently declared Native Title region. Some other Aboriginal groups remain difficult to meet with or contact after almost 4 years of trying.

I was reluctant to publish this Australia-wide compilation of images without some of these regions being included, so I reluctantly decided to just make a limited number of copies of the compilation available to selected rock art researchersĀ as an unpublished manuscript.

Future discussions with TOs may subsequently allow this 496-page valuable compilation to be published and therefore made available to a wider audience to promote the priceless heritage we have in this country.