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Spearthrower from Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, 1895

Spearthrower from Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, 1895

Edmund Milne collection
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Spearthrowers
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Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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1895
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Message stick

Message stick

Reverend FR Nitzschke collection
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Message sticks
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Mapoon, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1914
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Sculpture

Sculpture

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Wood carvings
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Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1965
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Woven reed basket

Woven reed basket

Ursula McConnel collection
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Baskets
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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1927
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Weapon - Boomerang

Weapon - Boomerang

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Boomerangs
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North Western Australia, Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1934
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Plaited fibre armband

Plaited fibre armband

A Morrison collection no. 1
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Armbands
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Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1969
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

Stan Mitchell collection
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Spearthrowers
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Not provided
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1963
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String bag

String bag

Enid Bowden collection
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Bags
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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Varnished wooden board supporting five small model weapons

Varnished wooden board supporting five small model weapons

Enid Bowden collection
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Small scale models
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Hopevale Mission, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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Shield

Shield

Professor Adolphus Elkin collection
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Shields
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Cape Leveque, Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1927
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Clapstick

Clapstick

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Clapsticks
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Southern central, Australia
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1903
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Boab nut incised with animal motifs from Western Australia

Boab nut incised with animal motifs from Western Australia

Edmund Milne collection
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Nut carvings
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Western Australia, Australia
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1931
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Bandicoot

Bandicoot

Y Pettinato collection
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Wood carvings
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Not provided
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1985
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Message stick - Yirrkala, 1948

Message stick - Yirrkala, 1948

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Message sticks
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Head ornament

Head ornament

Gerhardt Laves collection
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Head ornaments
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Cape Leveque, Western Australia, Australia
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1931
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Aboriginal breastplate for Billy Hippie, King of Minnon

Aboriginal breastplate for Billy Hippie, King of Minnon

Edmund Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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George Twemlow
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1877
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection
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Spearthrowers
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Western Desert, , Australia
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1993
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Cylindrical fibre basket

Cylindrical fibre basket

Dr William Warner collection
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Baskets
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1926
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Pigmented knife made from an elliptical piece of wood and six shark teeth

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Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Knives
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1985
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Hatchet

Hatchet

Dr Robert Wishart collection
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Hatchets
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Central Australia, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1964
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Scoop or digging stick from Byrock, New South Wales, 1914

Scoop or digging stick from Byrock, New South Wales, 1914

Edmund Milne collection
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Digging sticks
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Byrock, New South Wales, Australia
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Jack Shepherd
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1914
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Spearhead

Spearhead

Jesse Hammond collection
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Spearheads
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Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1957
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Hafted stone hatchet, South Coast, New South Wales

Hafted stone hatchet, South Coast, New South Wales

Edmund Milne collection
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Hatchets
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South Coast, New South Wales, Australia
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Davis
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1902
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Spearthrowers
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Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, Australia
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1934
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Club

Club

Edward Roberts collection
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Clubs
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Central Australia, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1985
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Club

Club

University of Sydney collection
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Clubs
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Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1957
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Bottom grinding stone [stone implement]

Bottom grinding stone [stone implement]

Edmund Milne collection
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Lower grinding stones
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Gundabooka, New South Wales, Australia
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Hand made pick

Hand made pick

Dr Robert Wishart collection
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Picks
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Not provided
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1964
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Boomerang

Boomerang

S Jackson collection
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Boomerangs
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Sale, Victoria, Australia
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Not provided
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1900
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Aboriginal breastplate for James Fearnought, King of Merigal

Aboriginal breastplate for James Fearnought, King of Merigal

Edmund Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Merigal, New South Wales, Australia
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Not provided
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1850
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Neck ornament

Neck ornament

Dr Robert Wishart collection
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Personal adornments
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Not provided
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1964
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Jiboom

Jiboom

Frederick D McCarthy collection
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Wood carvings
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1962
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Pendant made from 18 kangaroo incisor teeth

Pendant made from 18 kangaroo incisor teeth

Keith Goddard collection
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Pendants
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East Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1948
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Glass spearhead

Glass spearhead

Edmund Milne collection
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Spearheads
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Adze

Adze

Keith Goddard collection
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Adzes
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Nicholson Homestead, Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1948
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Club

Club

Dr Gerald Holt collection no. 1
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Clubs
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New South Wales, Australia
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Not provided
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1984
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Pair of tapsticks tied together with a shoelace threaded through an incised burnt circular depression in each stick

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Enid Bowden collection
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Clapsticks
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Victoria, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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Ground white ochre

Ground white ochre

Frederick D McCarthy collection
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Ochre
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1962
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Toy ball made from burnt (open-hearth baked) gypsum

Toy ball made from burnt (open-hearth baked) gypsum

Horne-Bowie collection
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Toys
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Central Australia, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1926
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Shield

Shield

Horne-Bowie collection
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Shields
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Lake Condah, Victoria, Australia
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Not provided
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1926
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Boomerang, Central Australia, Northern Territory

Boomerang, Central Australia, Northern Territory

Horne-Bowie collection
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Boomerangs
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