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While holidaying in the Hunter Valley region, in NSW, I had the opportunity of visiting this interesting small Aboriginal site.

The Legend

Baiame is the Great Spirit of the Wanaruah people, who were known to have settled after the Marawancal Tribe, the first people of the Singleton area. Baiame came from the rivers of Dreaming, which is culturally known as the period of creation. He came from the time of the Kangaroo dance, the first dance.

The Wanaruah tradition holds that prior to creation, the Hunter Valley was a vast empty flat area when Baiame awoke and stepped downs onto this land. In doing so he left imprints upon every living thing and also non living features of our local area.

He created all the beautiful things of this land. He created the kangaroo, the wallaby, the emu, the goanna and all the animals of this valley. He carved the river in this valley.

While Marmoo created the pestilence, or evil, Baiame created the bird, Eaglehawk, the protector of this valley to overcome Marmoo.

Baiame carved the lore stones which are all over this land. Baiame appointed persons to look after the lore stones and hand down their messages. They are our elders. The message we send back to Baiame is to tell him to come back and repair the earth.

When Baiame had finished, he returned to the top of the mountains in the far west of the valley and lay down like a sleeping lizard.

Baiame warns us that if all the lore stones are broken then he will return to the river of Dreaming and the land will die. Many lore stones have been broken in this land and Baiame rewarded and punished the men according to their conduct.


The History

The Aboriginal paintings at Baiame Cave have been carbon dated to three thousand years old.

Baiame has his arms out stretched to protect the Aboriginal people that came together in the valley below. He has no mouth as Baiame speaks from the heart.


Location

Baiame Cave is located on a private property at Milbrodale, 27 km south of Singleton, Hunter Valley, New South Wales.

Reference: Tourist leaflet of the Singleton Visitor Information Center

WS1 is a general view of the cave and WS2 a view of valley below.

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