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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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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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Dhari (headdress) by George Nona

Dhari (headdress) by George Nona

George Nona collection
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Headdresses
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Torres Strait, ,
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Mr George Nona
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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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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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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 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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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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Dhari (headdress) by George Nona, 2007

Dhari (headdress) by George Nona, 2007

George Nona collection
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Headdresses
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Torres Strait, ,
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Mr George Nona
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2007
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Dari headdress

Dari headdress

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection
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Headdresses
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Mr Carolus Isua OAM
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Pincushion with pins

Pincushion with pins

Springfield - Faithfull Family collection
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Pincushions
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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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Morrom - wrist ornament

Morrom - 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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Adze

Adze

Gerhardt Laves collection
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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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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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Byerb Ibaik brass skull by Dennis Nona

Byerb Ibaik brass skull by Dennis Nona

Dennis Nona collection No 2
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Sculptures
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Torres Strait Islands, Queensland, Australia
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Mr Dennis Nona
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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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Large natural gastropod shell for signalling that a turtle was caught

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American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Shells
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Angurugu, Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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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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Basket decorated with shells

Basket decorated with shells

Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Muriel Maynard collection
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Baskets
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Tasmania, Australia
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Ms Muriel Maynard
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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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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 ornament

Shell ornament

Mervyn Meggitt collection
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Shell

Shell

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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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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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Esme Timbery
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2006
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Headdress decorated with shells and feathers, made by Audi Gibuma of Boigu Island

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1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Headdresses
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Boigu Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Audie Gibuma
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1992
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Collage 'Ancestral Kitchen' depicts Aboriginal activity and ...

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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Shell pendant necklace

Shell pendant necklace

Beth Dean Carell collection no. 4
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Necklaces
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Solomon Islands
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Mr Victor Carell
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1972
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Nautilus shells

Nautilus shells

Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Muriel Maynard collection
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Shells
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Cassididae Phalium Thomsoni

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Shells
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Eden, New South Wales, Australia
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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1972
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Mother-of-pearl button

Petronella Wensing collection no. 1
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Buttons
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Terebridae Terebra Maculata

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Biak, Schouten Islands, Papua, Indonesia
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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Two Turbinidae Turbo Petholatus shells

Two Turbinidae Turbo Petholatus shells

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Shells
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Northern Territory, Australia
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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1970
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Shell necklace

Reverend and Mrs Fenn collection no. 2
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Necklaces
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Dala or kapkap backing disc

Dala or kapkap backing disc

Geoff Dennis collection
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Personal adornments
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Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands
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Oval shell pendant

Oval shell pendant

Horne-Bowie collection
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Pendants
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Lake Eyre, South Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1926
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Sea shell necklace

Sea shell necklace

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection
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Necklaces
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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
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Shell ornament

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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1975
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Cypraeidae Cypraea Miliaris

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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Cymatiidae Charonia Capax

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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North Island, New Zealand
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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Bead and shell necklace fragment

Bead and shell necklace fragment

Dr Andrew Horwood collection
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Necklaces
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Adze

Adze

Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Cape Leveque, Western Australia, Australia
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Not provided
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1985
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Haliotidae Haliotis Cyclobates

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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Pearl shell ornament decorated with incised  images of Australian flora and fauna, made by Butcher Joe Nangan

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Kimberley Pearl Shell collection
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Pearl shells
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Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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Joe (Butcher) Nangan
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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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Cypraeidae Cyraea Mauritiana

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Shells
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North Queensland, Queensland, Australia
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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1975
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Cymatiidae Cymatium Aquatile (scarce)

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Fiji
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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1983
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Shell

L and T Hackney collection
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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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Strombidae Lambis Lambis

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Shells
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North-west Australia, Australia
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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1969
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Marginellidae Australis Australia

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Shells
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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Floral table arrangement of artificial flowers, which is on a black round wooden base, encased in a glass dome

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Heather Smith collection
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Artificial flowers
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Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
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1890
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Sewing machine and related accessories

Petronella Wensing collection no. 1
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Sewing equipment
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1948
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Cymatiidae Cymatiella Verrucosa

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Shells
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Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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1982
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Syrinx Aruanus (Melongenidae)

Syrinx Aruanus (Melongenidae)

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Shells
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Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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1969
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Haliotidae Haliotis Varia from Lizard Island

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Shells
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North Queensland, Queensland, Australia
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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1975
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Dala or kapkap backing disc

Dala or kapkap backing disc

Geoff Dennis collection
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Personal adornments
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Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands
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Shell

L and T Hackney collection
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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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Ten Bullariidae Bulla Adamsi shells

Lady Helen Blackburn collection
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Croker Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Lady Helen Blackburn
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1968
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Beaded shell necklace

Beaded shell necklace

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection
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Necklaces
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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
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