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Incised shield with white pigment decoration

Incised shield with white pigment decoration

Stan Mitchell collection
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Shields
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1963
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Woven pandanus fibre armband, pigmented in stripes

Woven pandanus fibre armband, pigmented in stripes

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Armbands
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Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Club

Club

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1974
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Aboriginal breastplate for Joey, Chief of Petraman

Aboriginal breastplate for Joey, Chief of Petraman

Edmund Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Petraman
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1931
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Message sticks

Message sticks

Reverend FR Nitzschke collection
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Message sticks
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Mapoon, Queensland, Australia
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1914
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Animal long bone awl

Animal long bone awl

Gladys Henry collection
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Awls
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Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia
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1970
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Aboriginal breastplate for Dennis, Chief of Morbringer

Aboriginal breastplate for Dennis, Chief of Morbringer

Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales, Australia
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1985
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Message stick

Message stick

Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Message sticks
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Not provided
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1985
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Aboriginal breastplate for Dicky, King of Clyde Road

Aboriginal breastplate for Dicky, King of Clyde Road

Edmund Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia
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Not provided
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1931
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spearthrowers
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Cape Stewart, North Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spearthrowers
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Message stick

Message stick

Keith Goddard collection
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Message sticks
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East Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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1948
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Oval toy shield made from wood, with three sticks inserted through two holes in the posterior surface, to form the handle

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Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Toys
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Alberga River, South Australia, Australia
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1934
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Decorated wooden shield

Decorated wooden shield

Dr Robert Wishart collection
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Shields
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New South Wales, Australia
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1964
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Pigmented bent bark ceremonial armband

Pigmented bent bark ceremonial armband

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Armbands
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1911
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Message stick

Message stick

Keith Goddard collection
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Message sticks
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East Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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1948
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Message stick

Message stick

Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection
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Message sticks
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Murchison, Western Australia, Australia
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1993
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Message stick

Message stick

Gladys Henry collection
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Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia
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1970
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Aboriginal breastplate for Sawyer, King of Wickham Hill

Aboriginal breastplate for Sawyer, King of Wickham Hill

Edmund Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Wickham Hill, New South Wales, Australia
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1931
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Aboriginal breastplate for Tumberilagong, Chief of the Nuneree Tribe

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Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
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1985
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Bark painting depicts two goannas

Bark painting depicts two goannas

Maningrida Arts and Crafts 1982 collection
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Bark paintings
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1982
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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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Long narrow mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string - Yirrkala, 1948

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American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bags
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spearthrowers
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Cape Stewart, North Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Aboriginal breastplate for Jack the Traveller, King of Bendora Bellevue Jembicumbane

Aboriginal breastplate for Jack the Traveller, King of Bendo...

Edmund Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia
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1931
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Message stick

Message stick

Horne-Bowie collection
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Message sticks
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1926
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Aboriginal breastplate for Dick, King of Evesham, Darr River

Aboriginal breastplate for Dick, King of Evesham, Darr River

Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Evesham Station, Darr River, Queensland, Australia
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1985
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Message stick

Message stick

Horne-Bowie collection
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Message sticks
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1926
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Wooden paddle - Yirrkala, 1948

Wooden paddle - Yirrkala, 1948

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Paddles
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Boab nut incised with designs of animals

Boab nut incised with designs of animals

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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Triangular apron made of a length of melaleuca bark folded in half from Melville or Bathurst Island

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Charles Hart collection
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Aprons
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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Hollow cylindrical wood pipe, blocked at the distal end and with a crab claw bowl inserted in a hole

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Dr Robert Wishart collection
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Smoking pipes
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Northern Australia, Australia
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1964
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Wooden cylindrical walking stick with carved images on the spiral

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Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Walking-sticks
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Finke River, Northern Territory, Australia
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1985
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Long narrow mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string - Yirrkala, 1948

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American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bags
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Dronepipe - Yirrkala, 1948

Dronepipe - Yirrkala, 1948

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Didjeridus
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Message stick

Message stick

University of Sydney collection
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Message sticks
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1957
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Pointed metal knife blade hafted into a rounded knob of adhesive

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Olive Pink collection
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Knives
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1977
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Boomerang

Boomerang

John Magers collection
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Boomerangs
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Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1975
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Bark painting depicts a large white canoe containing five people, above a long-necked bird and two large lizards

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Reverend A Dyer collection
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Bark paintings
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Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Aus...
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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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1850
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Fire drill

Fire drill

Professor Adolphus Elkin collection
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Fire-making equipment
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Walcott Inlet, Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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Hand made pick

Hand made pick

Olive Pink collection
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Picks
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1977
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Aboriginal breastplate for Jemmy Muggle, King of Wiggley

Aboriginal breastplate for Jemmy Muggle, King of Wiggley

Edmund Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Nelligen, New South Wales, Australia
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1931
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Wooden decorated dotting comb from Melville or Bathurst Island

Wooden decorated dotting comb from Melville or Bathurst Isla...

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Artists equipment
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1974
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Club

Club

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Clubs
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Finke River, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1934
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Mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string - Yirrkala, 1948

Mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string - Yirrkala,...

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bags
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Hafted stone hatchet

Hafted stone hatchet

Professor WEH Stanner collection no. 2
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Hatchets
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Port Keats (Wadeye), Northern Territory, Australia
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Shield with cross design on front

Shield with cross design on front

Stan Mitchell collection
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Shields
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Central Murray River Region, Victoria, Australia
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Not provided
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1963
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Boomerang

Boomerang

John Magers collection
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Boomerangs
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Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1975
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Palm leaf bound with a narrow length of palm leaf forming a circular armband

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Dr La Mont West collection
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Armbands
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Lockhart River, Queensland, Australia
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1964
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Aboriginal breastplate for Jemmy, King of Bolara Maneroo

Aboriginal breastplate for Jemmy, King of Bolara Maneroo

Edmund Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Bolara, New South Wales, Australia
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1931
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Digging stick

Digging stick

Dr Robert Wishart collection
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Digging sticks
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Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
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1964
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Wooden decorated carving of a pelican

Wooden decorated carving of a pelican

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Wood carvings
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spearthrowers
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Message stick

Message stick

Enid Bowden collection
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Message sticks
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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Spear

Spear

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Spears
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Coranderrk, Victoria, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Boomerang

Boomerang

John Magers collection
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Boomerangs
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Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1975
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Message stick

Message stick

Horne-Bowie collection
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Message sticks
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Not provided
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1926
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Club

Club

Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection
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Clubs
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1993
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spearthrowers
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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