Thylacine Rock Art

At present this page is mainly a bibliography of thylacine rock art images. However, it will be expanded over time to serve as a complete overview of prehistoric images of thylacines, including detailed information about each site and location, taxonomic identification, estimated age, etc.

 

Published works:

Anonymous. (1974). The lost world of Mt. Brockman. Northern Territory Newsletter [1974]: 3-8. [Trove: "Ganbald-Ja valley in Mount Brockman, Kakadu National Park; brief report of discovery of 50 Aboriginal rock painting galleries (including 10 paintings of Tasmanian tigers)"] [Paddle (2000:246) has pagination as "1-8".]

Anonymous. (1969). Rock Galleries of the Pilbara. Hamersley News, Wednesday, 1 October, p. 2.

Bednarik, Robert G. (2010). Australian rock art of the Pleistocene. Rock Art Research 27(1): 95-120.

Bennett, David. (2003). Often crude and quaint: some Australian conceptions of nature, ecology, and rock-art. Before Farming 2003(4): 1-11. [Abstract]

Brandl, Eric J. (1972). Thylacine designs in Arnhem Land rock paintings. Archaeology and Physical Anthopology in Oceania 7(1): 24-30.

Brandl, Eric J. (1973). Australian Aboriginal paintings in western and central Arnhem Land. Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Canberra.

Bristow, Mila. (2012) Tracking down rock art records of thylacines and sailing ships. Australian Forest Grower 35(3): 19. [Abstract]

Chaloupka, George. (1975). Fallen emblem – or lingering star? E.Z. Review (1): 2-4. [Trove: "Describes the discovery of 50 Aboriginal galleries at Mount Brockman near Jabiru by Chaloupka and F. Woerle; One shelter contained a group of what appear to be 6 Thylacine (the extinct Tasmanian Tiger) designs."]

Chaloupka, George. (1977). Aspects of the chronology and schematisation of two prehistoric sites on the Arnhem Land Plateau, pp. 243-259. In: Ucko, P. J. (ed.). Form In Indigenous Art: Schematisation in the Art of Aboriginal Australia and Prehistoric Europe. Caberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

Chaloupka, George. (1993). Journey in Time: The World’s Longest Continuing Art Tradition. Chatswood, NSW: Reed.

Clegg, John K. (1978). Pictures of Striped Animals: Which Ones Are Thylacines? Archaeology & Physical Anthropology in Oceania 13(1): 19-29.

Fox, Allan. (1982). Tiger country. Panorama 5: 36,38,41. [Trove: "Rock painting of thylacine at Obiri in Kakadu National Park; triggers memory of possible encounter with thylacine in Tasmania."]

Gillespie, D. (1983). The rock art sites of Kakadu National Park: some preliminary research findings for their conservation and management. Canberra: Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service Special Publication 10. [relevant reference?]

Guiler, Eric Rowland and Godard, Philippe. (1998). Tasmanian Tiger: A Lesson to be Learnt. Perth, Western Australia: Abrolhos Publishing. 256 pp.

Gunn, R. G. (1983). Mt Pilot 1 Aboriginal Rock Art Site (Site 82253/001). Occasional report (Victoria. Dept. of Health and Community Services. Aboriginal Affairs Division), iii. [Abstract]

Lewis, Darrell John. (1977). More striped designs in Arnhem Land rock paintings. Archaeology and Physical Anthropology in Oceania 12(2): 98-111. [Abstract]

Lewis, Darrell John. (1988). The Rock Paintings of Arnhem Land, Australia: Social, Ecological and Material Culture Change in the Post-Glacial Period. BAR International Series 415. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

Lewis, Darrell John. (2016). Comment on Welch’s ‘Thy Thylacoleo is a thylacine’, Australian Archaeology 80: 40-47. Australian Archaeology 82(1): 55-59. [Abstract]

Lipscombe, Don. (1977). How the tiger came to the Pilbara. Bulletin, 6 August, p. 30.

Mulvaney, Ken. (2009). Dating the Dreaming: extinct fauna in the petroglyphs of the Pilbara region, Western Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 44(1): S40.

Mulvaney, Ken. (2013). Iconic imagery: Pleistocene rock art development across northern Australia. Quaternary International 285: 99-110. [Abstract]

Murray, P. and Chaloupka G. (1984). The Dreamtime Animals: a search for extinct megafauna in Arnhem Land Rock Art. Archeol. Oceania 19:105-116.

Rosenfeld, A. (1993). A Review of the Evidence for the Emergence of Rock Art in Australia, pp. 71-80. In: Smith, M. A., Spriggs, M. and Fankhauser, B. (eds.). Sahul in Review: Pleistocene Archaeology in Australia, New Guinea and Island Melanesia. Department of Prehistory, Research School of Pacific Studies, ANU.

Salleh, A. (2004). Rock art shows attempts to save Thylacine. ABC Science Online, December, 15.

Wright, Bruce J. (1968). Rock art of the Pilbara region, North-West Australia. Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. Occasional Papers in Aboriginal Studies 11. 78 pp.

Wright, Bruce J. (1972). Rock engravings of striped marsupials: the Pilbara Region, Western Australia. Archaeology and Physical Anthropology in Oceania 7(1): 15-23. [Abstract]

 

 

Unpublished manuscripts:

Brandl, Eric J. (1970?). Thylacine designs in Arnhem Land rock paintings. Preliminary version of (Brandl, 1972). [Perth, bibl. illus.-.map. pls. Typescript (photocopy). 8 pp. [source; source]

 

Garde, Murray. (1997). Bawinanga Rock Art Recording Project : 1997 field season report. Murray Garde ... Bawinanga Aboriginal corporation/​Maningrida Arts and Culture. Report to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. iv + 70 pp.

 

 

Photographs taken:

https://link.aiatsis.gov.au/resource/Hz8aAGEiS20/

https://link.aiatsis.gov.au/resource/RvoCG7C1J3I/

https://link.aiatsis.gov.au/resource/BR4PTi8RmEs/

 

Sites:

https://issuu.com/reneepaolagraphicdesign/docs/beech_yack_ovg_low_res_ (p. 12)