Mike Donaldson advised that his book covering Australia’s Rock Art is yet to be published as he awaits Aboriginal comments/approvals from a number of organisations. The book is ready to print and the approvals are hoped for early this year from several groups in the Alice Springs region, some of the Western Australian groups, the Pilbara and the Gascoyne regions, but again this will take time to discuss the images in the book with relevant traditional owners. His other proposed publication, Depuch Rock Art, featuring petroglyphs from Depuch Island off the Pilbara coast, is also on hold for similar reasons, but he has printed a limited number of copies, hard bound and with dust jackets, as an unpublished manuscript that he has made available to selected rock art researchers, and donated copies to the UWA rock art research centre in Perth, and also the WA Museum. These cost $400 each to produce. OAS commends Mike for his thoroughness and his patience and hopes that he will be rewarded with the hoped for permissions. We eagerly anticipate both publications.
Robin Hodgson, Secretary – OAS