Aboriginal sites on Bungalbin

Aboriginal sites lodged with Aboriginal Affairs (Department Planning, Lands and Heritage DPLH) for Bungalbin (Helena and Aurora Range)

On Bungalbin (Helena and Aurora Range), there are eight Registered Aboriginal Heritage sites. These were registered in December 2016.

There are a further 11 Aboriginal sites that are listed on the Register and referred to as Other Heritage Places, as they have yet to be fully assessed by the Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee (ACMC). The 11 Other Heritage Places were lodged as early as 2002. Five of these 11 sites have been given the status of ‘insufficient information’.

(source: Department of Iindigenous Affairs (DIA) website, December 2011; viewed 15 January 2012).

(sources for 2018: Aboriginal Affairs website, www.daa.wa.gov.au (or via the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage, DPLH, website www.dplh.wa.gov.au) and Aboriginal Heritage Inquiry System www.daa.wa.gov.au/ahis).


The 19 Aboriginal Sites on Bungalbin

Site Id.No.    Registered or Other     Name and Purpose of place (Access status not given here)

5600                     Other                   Bungalbin, Artefacts / Scatter; Camp, water source;

18726                Registered              Aurora Ranges Womens Place; Artefacts / Scatter, Ceremonial Grinding patches /                                                                                                                             grooves, Historical, Painting

18728                   Other                   Ochre Quarry

18729                   Other                   Rockholes

18730                   Other                   Helena/aurora Ranges Gully; Mythological, Historical; Camp, Hunting Place,Water                                                                                                       source

18731                   Other                   Helena/aurora Ranges Engraving

18732               Registered              Helena Cave; Artefacts / Scatter, Ceremonial, Engraving,Historical, Rockshelter

20336                   Other                  Ky19; Mythological, Artefacts / Scatter; Camp, Water source

20342                   Other                  Ky28; Mythological, south side access to top of range (eastern ore deposit)

29178                   Other                  J5 Rockhole 1

29179                   Other                  J5 Rockhole 2

36942               Registered              Tjarralapalpal Peak and Range; Mythological.

36943               Registered              KY19c Tjaangi – Jasper Reef; Mythological.

36948               Registered             KY28a Rockshelter & Stone Arrangement; Mythological, Rockshelter.

36949               Registered             KY28b Mythological site, Watersource and Stone arrangement; Artefacts / Scatter,                                                                                                     Mythological, Natural Feature.

36950               Registered             KY28c Mythological sites, Rockshelters & Stone arrangements; Artefacts / Scatter,                                                                                                                    Mythological, Rockshelter.

36951               Registered             KY28d Mythological site, Helena Aurora Range; Mythological.

18278                   Other                 Hangover Bore 14

18279                   Other                 Hangover Bore 03

Note 1: The information of sacred sites is continually being updated. For an update on the sacred sites on Helena and Aurora Range go to the Aboriginal Heritage Enquiry System on the Aboriginal Affairs website within the Department of Planning Land and Heritage. (Aboriginal affairs was previously DAA, Department of Aboriginal Affairs and then DIA, Department of Indigenous Affairs.)

Note 2: Not all Aboriginal sites are recorded on the Register and some sites may no longer exist. However, “the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 protects all Aboriginal sites in Western Australia whether or not they are registered.” (DIA website, 15 January 2012).


For more information on Aboriginal heritage on Bunglabin (Helena and Aurora Range) see Traditional Owners of Range and Protection of Indigenous Cultural Heritage


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