A mys­te­ri­ous an­cient his­tory

Vision Magazine - - Destinations -

When ex­plor­ers first dis­cov­ered Kan­ga­roo Is­land, there were no ob­vi­ous signs of hu­man civ­i­liza­tion, lead­ing them to be­lieve it had never been in­hab­ited by peo­ple. Stone tools were even­tu­ally ex­ca­vated, dat­ing back as far as 15,000 years. It re­mains a mys­tery as to why the in­hab­i­tants aban­doned this is­land paradise.

The lo­cal Abo­rig­ines called the is­land “Karta”, mean­ing “Is­land of the Dead” in the lo­cal di­alect. When Matthew Flin­ders first set foot on the is­land in 1802, he was as­ton­ished by the num­ber of grey kan­ga­roos, nam­ing the is­land in their hon­our.

Be­ing iso­lated from the main­land shielded the is­land from the pests and dis­eases car­ried by Euro­pean set­tlers. The is­land re­mains a paradise for wildlife, with al­most half of the orig­i­nal na­tive bush still pre­served to­day. Not sur­pris­ingly, the Bri­tish Sunday Tele­graph has called the is­land “the last piece of vir­gin land on earth”.

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