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

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Decorated boomerang, inscribed with

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

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, 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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Plaited leather whip with carved, lacquered timber handle

Plaited leather whip with carved, lacquered timber handle

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

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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 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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Oval-shaped iron coolamon

Oval-shaped iron coolamon

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

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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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Richard Davis
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1905
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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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Incised boomerang featuring kangaroo and emu amongst trees in centre, from QLD

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

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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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Carved walking stick with fist-shaped handle and snake carved around shaft

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Queensland, Australia
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Painted boomerang featuring landscape with koala on tree in ...

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

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Carved timber whip handle with incised text on base and weave design on grip

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

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Queensland, Australia
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Elliptical-shaped spearthrower carved and painted with Australian Coat of Arms, from Queensland

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

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

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Pokerwork boomerang featuring bridge motif in centre, stylis...

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

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Bill Onus
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Boomerang with winged figure in centre and text on arms

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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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Timber boomerang roughly carved with subtle fish design, fro...

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Queensland, Australia
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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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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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Painted boomerang with text and man with spears motif in centre, from Cherbourg

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Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia
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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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Boomerang with central motif of koala in tree and emu and kangaroo underneath, from Queensland

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Queensland, Australia
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Timber whip handle with fist-shaped base and two protruding bands of weave design on shaft

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Whip handles
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Painted boomerang featuring boomerang, kangaroo, snake, snai...

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Queensland, Australia
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Boomerang with central pokerwork motif of two birds sitting on branch, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Incised boomerang featuring central motif of two emus standi...

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

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Queensland, 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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Shield carved on anterior with central tree motif, animals a...

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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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Religious boomerang painted with open bible in centre and 'THY WORD / IS TRUTH' on arms

Religious boomerang painted with open bible in centre and 'T...

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Boomerang decorated with pokerwork kangaroo and two figures ...

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Bill Onus
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Boomerang decorated with pokerwork foliage designs, three bi...

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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Unadorned, dark timber boomerang, from Queensland

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Carved walking stick with fist-shaped handle and decorative bands on shaft, from Cherbourg

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Queensland, Australia
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Shield carved with figurative scenes on sides and fleur de lei motifs along centre, from Queensland

Shield carved with figurative scenes on sides and fleur de l...

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

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Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Australia
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Incised and painted boomerang with sun, kangaroo and emu mot...

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Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia
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Timber whip handle with carved horse hoof base

Timber whip handle with carved horse hoof base

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Painted boomerang featuring shaking hands and ship in centre

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Carved walking stick with fist-shaped handle and decorative bands along shaft, from Cherbourg

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Walking-sticks
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Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia
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Bow-shaped shield with pokerwork emu and bird designs on anterior, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

Bow-shaped shield with pokerwork emu and bird designs on ant...

Scott Rainbow collection
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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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Incised boomerang with central motif of man with horse on an...

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Cherbourg, 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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