Pam Stone Devils Marbles

September 1982

Pam Stone visiting the Northern Territory, Devils Marbles on the Stuart Highway. Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve is located in the locality of Warumungu south of Tennant Creek north of Alice Springs. The nearest settlement is the small town of Wauchope. The Devil's Marbles are of great cultural and spiritual significance, and the reserve protects one of the oldest religious sites in the world, as well as the natural rock formations, found there. Karlu Karlu is the local Aboriginal term for both the rock features and the surrounding area. The Aboriginal term translates as "round boulders" and refers to the large boulders found mainly on the western side of the reserve. The English name for the boulders derives from a quote by John Ross during the 1870 Australian Telegraph Overland expedition, where he said "This is the Devil’s country; he’s even emptied his bag of marbles around the place!"

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