Drew Rooke is a journalist and the author of One Last Spin: The Power and Peril of the Pokies.
The sun-faded metal sign rising from the rocky slope is a humble marker for such a remarkable place. Squeezed between the fence line of a sheep farm and a bend on a dirt road just outside Canowindra, a small town on Wiradjuri country in the central west of NSW, it reads: “THE ORIGINAL FISH FOSSIL SITE”.
It’s quiet here but for a flock of screeching cockatoos overhead, and the rustling papery leaves of the few remaining gum trees that haven’t been cleared from the sheep farm.
Attached to the farm’s barbed-wire fence is another, much smaller sign erected by the local council warning that the removal of material from the area is strictly prohibited. But the abundance of chipped and upturned slabs of weathered rock on the ground suggests that many visitors have flouted this prohibition and pocketed pieces of the profound puzzle buried here – one that helps to explain...
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