Their existing knowledge, as well as their discoveries on the day spoke to a broader narrative of people moving across the landscape in search of water. The nearby wells and springs provided an oasis from the otherwise dry plains of semi-arid Queensland.
“So there are three rock wells here, and I think they would have played a very significant role in determining the course of the custodians back in the day,” says Ross.
“They would have come to the water here and camped, then continued their journey to these springs….It's an opportunity to connect the northern and the southern storylines and determine how they really meet up,” says Ross.
For Bidjara man, Floyd Robinson, the opportunity was one of only a few in his life that he remembers so fondly.
“Many years ago, I was eight years old, and we went to Carnarvon Gorge with my grandparents with a lot of other Bidjara elders and we looked at bark burials and learned stories of our ancestors that roamed the country for thousands of years. And being here today is just as rewarding.”
For Bidjara Elder, Trevor Robinson, simply being there and roaming his ancestral homeland was more than enough.
“I think today has been absolutely exhilarating. It's probably a day that I will forever remember in my life,” he said.
For Ross, it was an introduction to the community, and the start of a long journey.
“Next, we'll sit down and discuss how we can move forward in a collaborative way,” he says, “This is not a one-off.”