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Plaited grass fibre armband or

Plaited grass fibre armband or "baku"

Dr William Warner collection
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Armbands
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1926
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Boomerang

Boomerang

Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection
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Boomerangs
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South-west Western Australia, Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1993
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Club

Club

H Wood collection
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Clubs
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Taree, New South Wales, Australia
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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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Firedrill

Firedrill

Professor Adolphus Elkin collection
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Firesticks
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Walcott Inlet, Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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Ground edge hatchet head from Pigeon House Mountain NSW acquired by Edmund Milne from Coomee Nullanga in 1903

Ground edge hatchet head from Pigeon House Mountain NSW acqu...

Edmund Milne collection
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Edge-ground artefacts
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Pigeon House Mountain, New South Wales, Australia
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Not provided
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1903
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Club

Club

Frederick D McCarthy collection
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Clubs
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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1962
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Shield, Yaamba Rockhampton area, Queensland

Shield, Yaamba Rockhampton area, Queensland

Edmund Milne collection
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Shields
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Yaamba, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1931
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Hafted edge-ground stone hatchet

Hafted edge-ground stone hatchet

Edmund Milne collection
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Hatchets
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Not provided
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1931
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Bifacially flaked and edged ground stone hatchet

Bifacially flaked and edged ground stone hatchet

Douglas Seaton collection
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Hatchets
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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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1964
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Club

Club

Katherine Stow collection
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Clubs
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New South Wales, Australia
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1957
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Engraver made with macropod incisor

Engraver made with macropod incisor

Reverend FR Nitzschke collection
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Engraving tools
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Mapoon, Queensland, Australia
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1914
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

Enid Bowden collection
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Spearthrowers
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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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Hank of plant fibre string made from the fibre of Psoralea patens

Hank of plant fibre string made from the fibre of Psoralea p...

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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String
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Cooper Creek, South Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1934
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Wooden sword club made in the Cardwell district of Queensland

Wooden sword club made in the Cardwell district of Queenslan...

JR Lawson Pty Ltd Auctioneers collection no. 1
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Clubs
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Cardwell, Queensland, Australia
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1850
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Pigmented split palm leaf armband

Pigmented split palm leaf armband

Frederick D McCarthy collection
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Armbands
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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1962
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Paintbrush

Paintbrush

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Paintbrushes
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

Patricia Heath collection
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Spearthrowers
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Roebourne, Western Australia, Australia
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1889
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

Patricia Heath collection
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Spearthrowers
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Lake Darlot, Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1894
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Paintbrush

Paintbrush

Frederick D McCarthy collection
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Paintbrushes
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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1962
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Boomerang

Boomerang

Professor H Davies collection
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Boomerangs
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Central Australia, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1957
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Stone knife

Stone knife

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Knives
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Northern Central Australia, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1934
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Bifacially edged ground stone hatchet

Bifacially edged ground stone hatchet

Herbert Keys collection
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Hatchets
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Ngukurr (Roper River), East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1987
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Split cane armband with feathers

Split cane armband with feathers

Enid Bowden collection
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Armbands
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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Club

Club

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Digging stick

Digging stick

University of Sydney collection
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Digging sticks
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Not provided
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1957
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Stone knife with sheath

Stone knife with sheath

Keith Goddard collection
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Knives
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Not provided
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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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Not provided
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1931
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Shield

Shield

Bruce Coaldrake collection
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Shields
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Forrest River, Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1954
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Boomerang

Boomerang

Dr Wolfgang Laade collection
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Boomerangs
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1963
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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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Mungeranie, South Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1926
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Club

Club

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Clubs
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Nullarbor Plain, Australia
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Not provided
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1934
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Stone knife

Stone knife

Horne-Bowie collection
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Knives
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South Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1926
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Club

Club

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Waist ornament

Waist ornament

Gerhardt Laves collection
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Belts
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Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1931
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Stone hatchet head, bifacially edge-ground, and hafted in bent wood handle

Stone hatchet head, bifacially edge-ground, and hafted in be...

Stan Mitchell collection
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Hatchets
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Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1963
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

Edmund Milne collection
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Spearthrowers
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Mitchell River, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1931
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Toy ball made from burnt (open-hearth baked) gypsum

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

Stan Mitchell collection
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Toys
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Mulka, South Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1963
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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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Stone hatchet head, bifacially flaked, edge ground, pigmented and hafted

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Dr Robert Wishart collection
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Hatchets
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North Western Australia, Western Australia, Australia
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1964
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Macropod scapula used as a yam cutting knife

Macropod scapula used as a yam cutting knife

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Knives
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Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1934
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Botanical sample of Mindrie root

Botanical sample of Mindrie root

Stan Mitchell collection
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Botanical specimens
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Lake Eyre, South Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1963
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Shield

Shield

I Steer and Co collection
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Shields
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1974
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Wet specimen - Koala - arm muscles

Wet specimen - Koala - arm muscles

MacKenzie collection
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Zoological specimens
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Nautilus shell necklace from Northern Queensland

Nautilus shell necklace from Northern Queensland

Edmund Milne collection
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Necklaces
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Northern Queensland, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1931
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Club from Palmer River area, Queensland, 1870s

Club from Palmer River area, Queensland, 1870s

Edmund Milne collection
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Clubs
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Palmer River, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1911
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Club

Club

Frederick D McCarthy collection
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Clubs
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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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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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Not provided
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1926
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Aboriginal breastplate for John Neville, King of Mahaderree

Aboriginal breastplate for John Neville, King of Mahaderree

Edmund Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Maharatta, New South Wales, Australia
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Not provided
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1931
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Resin sample

Resin sample

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum collection
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Specimens
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New South Wales, Australia
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Not provided
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1969
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Boomerang

Boomerang

J Forgacs collection
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Boomerangs
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Macumba station, South Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1957
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Weapon - Boomerang

Weapon - Boomerang

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Boomerangs
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Broome, Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1934
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Beeswax pendant

Beeswax pendant

Charles Hart collection
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Mourning pendants
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1928
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Club

Club

Dr Gerald Holt collection no. 1
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Clubs
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North-Eastern Queensland, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1984
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Firedrill base

Firedrill base

Professor Adolphus Elkin collection
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Firesticks
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Walcott Inlet, Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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Animal long bone awl

Animal long bone awl

Douglas Seaton collection
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Awls
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Babinda, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1964
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Wet specimen - Mountain Devil - whole specimen preserved

Wet specimen - Mountain Devil - whole specimen preserved

MacKenzie collection
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Zoological specimens
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Weapon - Boomerang

Weapon - Boomerang

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Boomerangs
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Southern central, Australia
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Not provided
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1934
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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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Wet specimen - Koala - arm muscles

Wet specimen - Koala - arm muscles

MacKenzie collection
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