The Kimberley – Day 6 – Vansittart Bay & Jar Island

The next day we were in Vansittart Bay and visited Jar island where we saw ancient paintings of Wandjina Figures called Bradshaw art or locally called Gwion Gwion Art. Their origin and dating are still in question. They were painted by local indigenous tribes (aboriginal peoples) – many suspect their age to be about 15-20 thousand years old.

Here are two examples.

 

In the afternoon we went across the bay to look at the site of an American Douglas C-53 (DC3) which crashed in 1942. It was flying from Perth to Broome but veered 500 miles off course (that is what happens when you leave the navigator behind).

 

Fortunately all survived even in this wilderness area.

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