Two reports were commissioned by the National Trust of Australia (WA), and made possible in part by AMERICAN EXPRESS through a program of the WORLD MONUMENTS FUND. Written by Dr Caroline Bird, MA (Cantab.), MA (STS) (Deakin) , PhD (West.Aust.) and Sylvia J Hallam, MA, FAHA (Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities), Retired Associate Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology; Senior Honorary Fellow, School of Earth and Geographical Sciences, University of Western Australia.
These reports describe the heritage values and conservation issues in the Dampier Archipelago. The main focus is on the archaeological and scientific importance of the area, while acknowledging its continuing significance to Aboriginal people.
The non-technical report is aimed at the general audience and is based on a longer and more technical review of the values of the Dampier Archipelago, which aims to describe what is known and what is not known about the cultural heritage of the area, to outline its significance, and to identify the key issues with respect to its conservation for future generations.
These reports can be downloaded from the resources and links section of this website.
The following pages of this website have been taken from the non technical report
Home (Introduction of the report)
Why is it important (from the conclusion of the report)
What is the problem (from the conclusion of the report)
The Place (from the Landscape Setting section of the report)
Aboriginal People (from the Aboriginal People of the Dampier Archipelago section of the report)
Art and Archaeology (from the Art and Archaeology of the Dampier Archipelago section of the report)
Industrial Development (from the Industrial development and archaeological investigation section of the report)
Heritage Values (form the Heritage Values of the Dampier Archipelago section of the report)
Summary: The last 300 years (from the Dampier Archipelago: The last 300 years section of the report)