Rock art site

About Australia and Tasmania

At a number of sites in Australia we can find rock paintings and handprints made by many generations of Aboriginal people. One of them is Gulgurn Manja Shelter in the State of Victoria in southern Australia. The handprints here were made solely by children.

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo

Gulgurn Manja (pronounced Gulkurn Manya) means “hands of young people” in the language of the local people. Generations of children aged 8 to 12 have imprinted their right palm, dipped in red ochre, on the rock. Besides this, there are also finger paintings of emu tracks and bars. The oldest of the figures may have been created more than 20,000 years ago! It is therefore an important Aboriginal cultural heritage site.

Photo: Miroslav Bobek, Prague Zoo