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Historical graffiti in northern Australia : evidence of European settlement and society in the Selwyn Range of northwest Queensland
journal contributionposted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Hilary WinchesterHilary Winchester, I Davidson, D O'Brien
"European graffiti dated 1905, including names, initials, and obscene drawings and verse, have been found interspersed with Aboriginal engravings in a sandstone rockshelter near the Mount Elliott copper mine in northwest Queensland (Fig. 1 ). These graffiti enrich our knowledge of both the town and the people of the area. The township of Selwyn developed after the opening of the Mount Elliott smelter in 1910, and the first official record of it occurs in the Queensland Towns Directory in 1911. However,' the graffiti are indicative of European settlement in Selwyn/Mount Elliott some years prior to this."--p. 1.