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Quinkan Country, Peninsula Developmental Rd, Laura, QLD, Australia

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List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Indigenous
Legal Status Registered (21/10/1980)
Place ID 9089
Place File No 4/06/270/0001
Statement of Significance
The area is highly significant for both cultural and natural reasons. It is relatively untouched, of high aesthetic value and representative of deeply incised plateau country of Cape York. It contains some of the largest bodies of prehistoric art in the world. The paintings are generally large and well preserved, and engravings of great antiquity occur. The Quinkan art is outstanding both in variety, quantity and quality.

(The Commission is in the process of developing and/or upgrading official statements for places listed prior to 1991. The above data was mainly provided by the nominator and has not yet been revised by the Commission.)
Official Values Not Available
Description
The area is characterised by rugged sandstone plateaux and escarpments. It is little disturbed and has high value as a wilderness area. It is representative of a land system which includes much of Cape York. Hundreds of rock shelters occur in this sandstone country and most of them contain paintings, engravings or occupation deposits.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
High Wilderness value.
Location
About 230000ha, 4km south-east of Laura and 50km west of Cooktown; comprises Gresley, Staunton and Escort Creek Holdings and Deighton block and a triangular area bounded on north by Warrenna Holding, on south-east by Gresley Holding and on west by a line running north from intersection of Coalseam Creek amd Gresley Holding border.
Bibliography
TREZISE, P.J. 1971. 'ROCK ART OF SOUTH-EAST CAPE YORK', AUSTRALIAN
INSTITUTE OF ABORIGINAL STUDIES, CANBERRA.
TREZISE, P.J. 1973. 'ABORIGINAL ROCK ART OF CAPE YORK PENINSULA',
PP118-27 IN 'THE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL HERITAGE' (ED) R M BERNDT &
E S PHILLIPS. URE SMITH, SYDNEY.
TREZISE, P.J. & ROUGHSEY, D. 1975. 'THE CAPE YORK GALLERIES'. PP65-72
& 127-38 IN 'THE PRESERVATION OF AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL HERITAGE'
(ED) R EDWARDS, AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF ABORIGINAL STUDIES,
CANBERRA.
ROSENFELD, A. 1982. "STYLE AND MEANING IN LAURA ART: A CASE STUDY IN
THE FORMAL ANALYSIS OF STYLE IN PREHISTORIC ART." MANKIND VOL 13
NO 3 P199-217.
'NATIONAL ESTATE STUDY- FAR NOTHERN REGION'. GUTTERIDGE HASKINS &
DAVEY 1975.

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