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Plaited leather whip with carved, lacquered timber handle

Plaited leather whip with carved, lacquered timber handle

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Whips
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Boomerang featuring front halves of cow and horse in centre and geometric designs on arms

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Boomerang with pointed ends and incised with alternating concentric circle design, from Queensland

Boomerang with pointed ends and incised with alternating con...

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Queensland, Australia
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Incised boomerang featuring figures dancing or fighting on anterior, family group and tent on posterior, from Cherbourg

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Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia
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Painted boomerang with central landscape motif, from Cherbourg

Painted boomerang with central landscape motif, from Cherbou...

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Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia
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Incised boomerang featuring kangaroo and emu amongst trees in centre, from QLD

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Boomerangs
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Pine Rivers, Queensland, Australia
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Scrimshaw cow horn featuring central motif of three figures fighting with spears, Cherbourg style

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Scrimshaw
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Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia
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Painted and pokerwork boomerang featuring scallop border and man standing with shield and spear in centre, made by Joe Timbery, 1934, La Perouse, Sydney

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Joe Timbery
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1934
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Decorated boomerang, inscribed with

Decorated boomerang, inscribed with "Mascot Aerodrome Dredgi...

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Boomerangs
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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Timber club with tapered head studded with rows of nails, from  QLD

Timber club with tapered head studded with rows of nails, fr...

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Queensland, Australia
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Pokerwork shield with four trees motifs and animals on anterior, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

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Shields
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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Oval-shaped iron coolamon

Oval-shaped iron coolamon

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Containers
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Western Australia, Australia
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Shield with pokerwork bird, kangaroo, emu and bush on anterior, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Whip handle with horse hoof-shaped base and metal detail on shaft

Whip handle with horse hoof-shaped base and metal detail on ...

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Timber whip handle with carved horse hoof base

Timber whip handle with carved horse hoof base

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Pokerwork boomerang featuring seated figure on right arm and...

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Dark timber boomerang decorated on anterior with five sectio...

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Incised club with grid design and figurative panels on shaft, from Cherbourg

Incised club with grid design and figurative panels on shaft...

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Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia
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Club with four-sided head featuring pokerwork animals and text on all sides, from La Perouse, Sydney, attributed to Tommy Foster

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Tommy Foster
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1938
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Boomerang decorated with pokerwork foliage, kangaroo, emu and two birds, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Three-sided shield with pokerwork kangaroo, emu and foliage ...

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Timber whip handle carved with stylized diamond and chevron leaf design

Timber whip handle carved with stylized diamond and chevron ...

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Club with pokerwork emu motif on anterior of bulbous head, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

Club with pokerwork emu motif on anterior of bulbous head, s...

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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1930
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Reddish-coloured club with koala motif on both sides of head, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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1930
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Boomerang with central motif of koala in tree and emu and kangaroo underneath, from Queensland

Boomerang with central motif of koala in tree and emu and ka...

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Queensland, Australia
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Boomerang with pokerwork text on arms and kangaroo holding shield in centre

Boomerang with pokerwork text on arms and kangaroo holding s...

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Bow-shaped shield with pokerwork emu and bird designs on anterior, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Light timber boomerang decorated on anterior with five sections of pokerwork, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

Light timber boomerang decorated on anterior with five secti...

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Club with emu motif on anterior of head and scallop border around head, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

Club with emu motif on anterior of head and scallop border a...

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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1930
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Boomerang carved with portrait bust and text 'WELCOME TO MELBOURNE'S  PRINCE HENRY CENTENARY'

Boomerang carved with portrait bust and text 'WELCOME TO MEL...

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Carved walking stick with fist-shaped handle and snake carved around shaft

Carved walking stick with fist-shaped handle and snake carve...

Scott Rainbow collection
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Walking-sticks
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Queensland, Australia
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Incised boomerang featuring female figure and kangaroo in centre of anterior, from Cherbourg

Incised boomerang featuring female figure and kangaroo in ce...

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Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia
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Carved timber whip handle with incised text on base and weave design on grip

Carved timber whip handle with incised text on base and weav...

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Walking stick with fist-shaped handle and two twisted snakes comprising shaft, from Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Walking stick with fist-shaped handle and two twisted snakes...

Scott Rainbow collection
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Walking-sticks
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Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Australia
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Whip handle with carved snake and incised panels featuring emu and kangaroo designs

Whip handle with carved snake and incised panels featuring e...

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Boomerang painted with one yellow and two red kangaroos, two...

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Bill Onus
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Incised boomerang with horizontal bands of interlocking zigzags and circles on arms, from Queensland

Incised boomerang with horizontal bands of interlocking zigz...

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Queensland, Australia
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Walking stick with diamond-shaped handle and two carved snakes around shaft

Walking stick with diamond-shaped handle and two carved snak...

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Walking-sticks
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Scrimshaw cow horn featuring central motif of seated man and tacked horse, Cherbourg style

Scrimshaw cow horn featuring central motif of seated man and...

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Scrimshaw
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Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia
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Carved timber whip handle with clenched fist base and profile portraits in centre

Carved timber whip handle with clenched fist base and profil...

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Shield with pokerwork boomerang, kangaroo, emu, bird and tre...

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Elliptical-shaped spearthrower carved and painted with Australian Coat of Arms, from Queensland

Elliptical-shaped spearthrower carved and painted with Austr...

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Incised boomerang featuring bull, horse, dingo and emu, QLD

Incised boomerang featuring bull, horse, dingo and emu, QLD

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Queensland, Australia
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Incised boomerang with central motif of man with horse on an...

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Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia
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Painted boomerang with central motif of two koalas sitting in blooming tree, from Lake Tyers 1954

Painted boomerang with central motif of two koalas sitting i...

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Lake Tyers, East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
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Boomerang painted with two swans in centre and koala, kangaroo and text on arms

Boomerang painted with two swans in centre and koala, kangar...

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Club with pokerwork possum and bird, and kangaroo and emu motifs on head, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

Club with pokerwork possum and bird, and kangaroo and emu mo...

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Tommy Foster
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Boomerang carved with heart motif on apex and foliage motif ...

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Queensland, Australia
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Boomerang carved with central floral motif and horizontal ba...

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Queensland, Australia
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Timber club with tapered head irregularly studded with nails, from Maroochydore, QLD

Timber club with tapered head irregularly studded with nails...

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Queensland, Australia
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Tapered timber club carved with scallop design on tip and weave design on grip

Tapered timber club carved with scallop design on tip and we...

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Boomerang painted with bird in centre and echidnas on arms

Boomerang painted with bird in centre and echidnas on arms

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Spearthrower with incised heart designs and attached wooden peg, from Queensland

Spearthrower with incised heart designs and attached wooden ...

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Spearthrowers
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Queensland, Australia
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Pokerwork boomerang featuring central motif of Australian map with bridge, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

Pokerwork boomerang featuring central motif of Australian ma...

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Boomerang carved with three horizontal bands of diamond desi...

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Queensland, Australia
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Boomerang with winged figure in centre and text on arms

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Incised and painted boomerang featuring horse heads on arms ...

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Queensland, Australia
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Club with pokerwork kangaroo and human figure with spear motifs on head, from La Perouse, Sydney

Club with pokerwork kangaroo and human figure with spear mot...

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Hooked boomerang decorated with  motifs, from Mornington Island, QLD

Hooked boomerang decorated with motifs, from Mornington Isl...

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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Incised boomerang featuring star and crescent motifs in cent...

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Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia
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