Discovery of the Bungles/Purnululu?

by David O
(Barcelona, Spain)

I read here that the Bungles were "discovered" in 1983, "established in 1987 and skyrocketed to world fame"... Well, I was there in 1986 as part of Operation Raleigh:

We discovered some "previously unknown" Aboriginal rock art... Good story? Did we help it shoot to fame? Is there any detailed archives/records etc?

I'd love to know and will see if there's any photos I can find (probably not as I spent the next 8 years in South America!)

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Oct 17, 2008
Bungles discovery
by: Birgit

Hi David,

Good story for sure :-). Would love to hear more about it. It was wild country back then!

Whether you helped it to world fame I don't know. Depending on what you did and how it was published you very well may have.

I can't tell you anything about records from that time. For that you'd probably need to contact the relevant government authorities. I'd try CALM and also the Department of Environment and Heritage.

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