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Shell money

Shell money

Papuan Official collection
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Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
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Professor Wallace Edwin Armstrong
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1923
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Morrom - woman's wrist ornament

Morrom - woman's wrist ornament

Tooloyn Koortakay collection
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Personal adornments
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East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
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Vicki Couzens
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2002
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Small shell bracelet made from maireener shells, white cockles and black crows

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Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Lola Greeno collection
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Bracelets
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Tasmania, Australia
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Lola Greeno
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Shell necklace with opalescent green maireener and black cat's teeth feature shells, by Dulcie Greeno

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Dulcie Greeno collection no. 1
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Necklaces
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Tasmania, Australia
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Dulcie Greeno
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2000
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Shell

Shell

L and T Hackney collection
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Shells
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Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia
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Mr Thomas P. Hackney
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1918
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Collage 'Ancestral Kitchen' depicts Aboriginal activity and occupation at Killiecrankie on Flinders Island

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Verna Nichols collection
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Collages
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Strahan, Tasmania, Australia
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Verna Nichols
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1993
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Carved and mounted coconut

Carved and mounted coconut

Papuan Official collection
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Ceremonial objects
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Western Province, Papua New Guinea
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1923
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Giant clam shell

Giant clam shell

Australian Fisheries Management Authority collection
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Shells
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Necklace from dance costume the 'Mutton Bird' [Yolla]

Necklace from dance costume the 'Mutton Bird' [Yolla]

Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Nikki Smith and Leah Bro...
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Dance costumes
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Shell aggregate kangaroo figure

Shell aggregate kangaroo figure

Terence Lane collection
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Animal figures
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1977
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Giant clam shell

Giant clam shell

Australian Fisheries Management Authority collection
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Shells
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Necklace of opalescent maireener shells, 'Jewel of the Sea', made by Corrie Fullard, Tasmanian Aboriginal artist, 1997

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Corrie Fullard collection
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Necklaces
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Tasmania, Australia
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Corrie L. Fullard
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1997
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Shell money

Shell money

Papuan Official collection
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Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
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Professor Wallace Edwin Armstrong
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1923
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Piece of shell money made of a thin, crescent-shaped piece of shell

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Reverend and Mrs Fenn collection no. 2
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Shell money
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Shell

Shell

L and T Hackney collection
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Shells
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Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia
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Mr Thomas P. Hackney
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1918
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Carved human figure

Carved human figure

Papuan Official collection
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Carvings
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Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
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1923
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Shell necklace

Shell necklace

Reverend and Mrs Fenn collection no. 2
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Necklaces
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Cowrie shell

Cowrie shell

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Carved pearlshell pendant that resembles a dhari headdress with a drum below it

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Tony Shibasaki collection
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Pendants
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Thursday Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Mr William A. Shibasaki
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2001
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Shell used as a palette

Shell used as a palette

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Cowrie shell

Cowrie shell

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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'Mapping my country' by Matilda House (Ngambri) 2015

'Mapping my country' by Matilda House (Ngambri) 2015

Matilda House collection
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Paintings
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Matilda House
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Shell

Shell

Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Muriel Maynard collection
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Shells
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Tasmania, Australia
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Gararra (fishing) spear with three wooden prongs that have shell points - made by Rod Mason

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Rodney Mason collection
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Spears
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Kurnell, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Mr Rodney Mason
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2011
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Shell

Shell

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Shells
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Shell used as a palette

Shell used as a palette

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Crochet milk jug cover with penguin shells

Crochet milk jug cover with penguin shells

Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Dulcie Greeno collection
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Artworks
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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
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Dulcie Greeno
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2003
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Shell pubic cover

Shell pubic cover

Herbert Keys collection
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Personal adornments
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Derby, Western Australia, Australia
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Turban shell used by Professor Graeme Clarke

Turban shell used by Professor Graeme Clarke

Graeme Clark, University of Melbourne - Cochlear Limited collection
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Shells
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Flat, spiral-like, cream-coloured piece of shell money with flecks of brown within it

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Reverend and Mrs Fenn collection no. 2
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Shell money
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Shell money

Shell money

Papuan Official collection
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Shell money
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Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
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Professor Wallace Edwin Armstrong
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1923
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Baby shoes with shellwork decoration, La Perouse, Sydney

Baby shoes with shellwork decoration, La Perouse, Sydney

Jonathan Dickson collection
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Baby shoes
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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Four piece sculptural artwork titled A Blanket Return

Four piece sculptural artwork titled A Blanket Return

Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Julie Gough collection
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Sculptures
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Dr Julie Gough
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Shell

Shell

L and T Hackney collection
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Shells
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Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia
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Mr Thomas P. Hackney
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1918
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Shell money

Shell money

Papuan Official collection
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Shell money
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Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
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Professor Wallace Edwin Armstrong
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1923
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Shell money

Shell money

Papuan Official collection
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Shell money
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Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
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Professor Wallace Edwin Armstrong
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1923
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Shell money

Shell money

Papuan Official collection
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Shell money
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Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
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Professor Wallace Edwin Armstrong
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1923
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Mayngu Dhoeri pearlshell headdress made by Sipau Audi Gibuma

Mayngu Dhoeri pearlshell headdress made by Sipau Audi Gibuma

Sipau Audi Gibuma Headdress collection
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Headdresses
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Boigu Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Mr Sipau Audi Gibuma
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1990
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Shell necklace with pink button and opalescent green maireener feature shells, by Dulcie Greeno

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Dulcie Greeno collection no. 1
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Necklaces
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Tasmania, Australia
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Dulcie Greeno
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Blanket shellfish basket [component of A Blanket Return]

Blanket shellfish basket [component of A Blanket Return]

Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Julie Gough collection
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Sculptures
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Dr Julie Gough
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Dhari (headdress) by George Nona, 2007

Dhari (headdress) by George Nona, 2007

George Nona collection
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Torres Strait, ,
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Mr George Nona
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2007
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Shell

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L and T Hackney collection
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Shells
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Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia
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Mr Thomas P. Hackney
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1918
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The Way of Life

The Way of Life

E Redlich collection
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Engraved emu eggs
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Warangesda Mission Station, Darlington Point, New South Wales, Aust...
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Joe Walsh
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1906
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Shell ornament

Shell ornament

Mervyn Meggitt collection
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Ornaments
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Plerelare shell necklace, made by Betty Grace

Plerelare shell necklace, made by Betty Grace

Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Betty Grace collection
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Necklaces
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Tasmania, Australia
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Betty Grace
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Painted shell with seascape from Torres Strait Islands

Painted shell with seascape from Torres Strait Islands

Axel and Roslyn Poignant collection
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Artworks
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Carved pearlshell pendant that resembles a dhari headdress with a morning star in the middle

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Tony Shibasaki collection
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Pendants
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Thursday Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Mr William A. Shibasaki
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2001
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Ghost net Dinghy named the 'Loyalty' with Outboard Motor and accessories

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Erub Erwer Meta collection no.1
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Artworks
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Darnley Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Ms Ellarose Savage
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2014
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Shellwork Sydney Harbour Bridge, La Perouse, Sydney

Shellwork Sydney Harbour Bridge, La Perouse, Sydney

Esme Timbery collection
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Ornaments
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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Esme Timbery
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2006
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Shell money

Shell money

Papuan Official collection
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Shell money
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Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
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Professor Wallace Edwin Armstrong
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1923
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Shell money

Shell money

Papuan Official collection
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Shell money
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Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
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Professor Wallace Edwin Armstrong
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1923
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Shell necklace

Shell necklace

Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Dulcie Greeno collection
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Necklaces
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Tasmania, Australia
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Dulcie Greeno
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Shell

Shell

L and T Hackney collection
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Shells
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Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia
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Mr Thomas P. Hackney
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1918
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Shell money

Shell money

Papuan Official collection
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Shell money
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Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
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Professor Wallace Edwin Armstrong
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1923
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Shell

Shell

L and T Hackney collection
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Shells
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Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia
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Mr Thomas P. Hackney
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1918
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Pincushion with pins

Pincushion with pins

Springfield - Faithfull Family collection
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Pincushions
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Adult's neck ornament 'katawza'

Adult's neck ornament 'katawza'

Saibai Island Dance Group collection
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Dance costumes
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Saibai Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Saibai Island Dance Group
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2001
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Shell

Shell

L and T Hackney collection
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Shells
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Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia
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Mr Thomas P. Hackney
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1918
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Shellwork Sydney Harbour Bridge, La Perouse, Sydney

Shellwork Sydney Harbour Bridge, La Perouse, Sydney

Esme Timbery collection
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Ornaments
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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Esme Timbery
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2006
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Dhari (headdress) by George Nona

Dhari (headdress) by George Nona

George Nona collection
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Torres Strait, ,
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