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Little Grey Fergie toy tractor handcrafted from salvaged box timber and wire by 10 year old Brian Burns in 1943.

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John McNally collection
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Toy tractors
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Cudgen, New South Wales, Australia
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Mr Brian Burns
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1943
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The Crocodile, Tungarapia and the Wallaby, Ubraitja

The Crocodile, Tungarapia and the Wallaby, Ubraitja

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bark paintings
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Yalioura
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1948
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Wooden spear, used in the 'Seven Sisters' performance at the 'Tracking Kultja' festival at the NMA in 2001

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Maruku Arts collection no. 2
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Spears
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Walter Pukutiwara
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2001
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Weapon - Spear

Weapon - Spear

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Spear

Spear

Roy Barker collection no. 1
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Spears
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Childhood Memories by Elaine Russell, 2002.

Childhood Memories by Elaine Russell, 2002.

Elaine Russell collection
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Acrylic paintings
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National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territor...
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Elaine Russell
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2002
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The Man, Naljanio

The Man, Naljanio

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bark paintings
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Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Aus...
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'Dreaming of Matjadji' painted by David Corby Tjapaltjarri, 1975

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Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Paintings
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Papunya, Central Australia, Northern Territory, Australia
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David Corby Tjapaltjarri
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1975
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Wooden Container

Wooden Container

Stan Mitchell collection
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Containers
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Central Australia, Northern Territory, Australia
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Hair belt

Hair belt

Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1
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Waistbands
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Warburton, Western Australia, Australia
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Tjapakuti
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Trophy awarded to Royce Hart - premiers 1967,69,73,74

Trophy awarded to Royce Hart - premiers 1967,69,73,74

Royce Hart collection
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Trophies
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royce Hart
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Boxed pocket microscope (Ross)

Boxed pocket microscope (Ross)

Phillip Parker King and Allan Cunningham collection
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Microscopes
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Message stick

Message stick

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Message sticks
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tuprukamiri
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1965
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Ancestral hero of the Yirritya moiety: Banaitja (Lanytjung) and Yirritya animals.

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Dr Karel Kupka collection
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Birrikitji Gumana
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1963
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Shield with cross design on front

Shield with cross design on front

Stan Mitchell collection
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Shields
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Central Murray River Region, Victoria, Australia
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Not provided
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1963
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The Baijini at Port Bradshaw, Yirrkala, 1948

The Baijini at Port Bradshaw, Yirrkala, 1948

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Unknown
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1948
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The Women, Miwal and Wanu-wanu

The Women, Miwal and Wanu-wanu

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bark paintings
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Unknown
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Variometer

Variometer

Bureau of Mineral Resources collection no. 1
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Variometers
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Weapon - Spear

Weapon - Spear

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Australian silver mounted emu egg inkstand with lift off lid

Australian silver mounted emu egg inkstand with lift off lid

Silver Inkstand collection
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Inkstands
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J M Wendt, Adelaide and Mount Gambier
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Bark painting depicting the Wawilak Sisters story by Mathaman Marika, Yirrkala, 1965

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J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mathaman Marika
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1965
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Lindqvist Two Day Marine Chronometer No 114, with accessories in a wooden case

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Department of Defence collection
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Chronometers
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London, England
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William Lindqvist
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Red bow and arrow with feathers

Red bow and arrow with feathers

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection
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Archery equipment
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
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George III beef wood (casuarina) and tulipwood banded Pembroke White-Hamond table from the First Fleet

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First Fleet Table collection
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Tables
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London, England
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Surgeon-General John White
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1788
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Black metal

Black metal "Winner" brand, hand operated sewing machine

Judy and Ian McPhee collection
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Sewing machines
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United States of America
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Miss Muriel Ester McPhee
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1916
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Bayonet with scabbard from Light Horse uniform

Bayonet with scabbard from Light Horse uniform

James Taylor Light Horse collection
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Military equipment
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Sergeant James S. Taylor
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Souvenir half main bearing of the Central Engine from the Southern Cross used on Pacific, Australian, Tasman and English flights 1928-1929

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Ellen Rogers collection
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Aircraft components
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Sir Charles E. Kingsford Smith
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1930
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Bark painting outlined in white with black dots, divided into three panels by two horizontal lines of yellow and white with black dots

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Bark paintings
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Long Peter, Parapriti
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1965
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Stingray.

Stingray.

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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Bark paintings
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tarunga
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1969
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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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Scott Rainbow collection
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Boomerangs
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Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia
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Richard Davis
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1905
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Mururruma's Spirit Seen after Death.

Mururruma's Spirit Seen after Death.

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bark paintings
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Matamar
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Cat sculpture

Cat sculpture

Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1
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Wood carvings
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Wingellina, Western Australia, Australia
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Jean I. Burke
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1982
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1940s horse-drawn milk cart

1940s horse-drawn milk cart

Lincoln Park Dairy collection
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Horse carts
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Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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Mr William J. Knight
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1947
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1867 Melbourne Cup won by (Sydney) Tim Whiffler

1867 Melbourne Cup won by (Sydney) Tim Whiffler

1867 Melbourne Cup and Queen's Plate collection
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Trophies
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London, England
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Mr Thomas Smily
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Cat Fish

Cat Fish

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bark paintings
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Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Aus...
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Unknown
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Asymmetrical brown boomerang

Asymmetrical brown boomerang

Daisy Bates and Herbert Browne collection
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Boomerangs
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Western Australia, Australia
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Daisy M. Bates CBE
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Boomerang depicting the Sydney Harbour Bridge, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

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Robert Croll Indigenous Artefacts collection
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Boomerangs
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La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Music stick

Music stick

Central Australian souvenirs collection
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Clapsticks
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Possum by Maymirri 2

Possum by Maymirri 2

Buku-Larrngay Arts collection no. 1
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Maymirrirr Maymuru
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1985
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British Pattern 1842 .75 smooth bore percussion musket used by the 12th Foot (East Suffolk Regiment) with bayonet

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Neville Locker collection
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Muskets
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'Turtles, wind and rain', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1978

'Turtles, wind and rain', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1978

Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies 18/01/1979 collection
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Bark paintings
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Drill Hall, Australian National University, Acton, Canberra, Austra...
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1978
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Namarrkon

Namarrkon

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Bark paintings
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Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Aus...
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Jimmy N. Nganjmirra
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1970
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Totem Place of Wild Honey

Totem Place of Wild Honey

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bark paintings
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Unknown
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1948
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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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Weapon - Spearthrower

Weapon - Spearthrower

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spearthrowers
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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DTMCIW magnetometer S/N 18

DTMCIW magnetometer S/N 18

Bureau of Mineral Resources collection no. 1
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Geophysical survey equipment
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Shark.

Shark.

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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Bark paintings
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Bukanda
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1969
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Copy of Stradivari's 'Haussman' cello, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1953

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EV Llewellyn collection
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Cellos
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Mr Arthur E. Smith
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1953
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Portable folding bookmaker's board, which was used by Ted Eastman in Melbourne

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Ian Charles Tongue collection
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Gambling equipment
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Victoria, Australia
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Ted Eastman
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1930
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Ceremonial site of Walakurkurru

Ceremonial site of Walakurkurru

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Paintings
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Yayayi, Central Australia, Northern Territory, Australia
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Timmy P. Djabanardi
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1976
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Map of Tasmania by James Sprent

Map of Tasmania by James Sprent

James Sprent collection
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Maps
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The Barramundi

The Barramundi

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bark paintings
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Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Aus...
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Unknown
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'Ngurti' by Mayapu Elsie Thomas, 2007

'Ngurti' by Mayapu Elsie Thomas, 2007

Canning Stock Route collection
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Containers
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Jilji Bore, Western Australia, Australia
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Mayapu E. Thomas
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2007
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Poisonous snake sculpture

Poisonous snake sculpture

Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1
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Wood carvings
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Ernabella, South Australia, Australia
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Ikula
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Saltwater  dreaming of the Warramiri People

Saltwater dreaming of the Warramiri People

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mungurrawuy Yunupingu
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Large drum made from hollowed gum tree

Large drum made from hollowed gum tree

Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Vernon Graham collection
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Musical drums
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Vernon Graham
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Message stick

Message stick

E Milne collection
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Message sticks
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New South Wales, Australia
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Not provided
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1931
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Boomerang

Boomerang

Central Australian souvenirs collection
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Boomerangs
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Walungawari Waterhole by Queenie McKenzie, 1998

Walungawari Waterhole by Queenie McKenzie, 1998

Judith and Ron Behan collection no. 1
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Paintings
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Queenie M. Nakarra
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1998
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Wooden bowl

Wooden bowl

Papuan Official collection
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Bowls
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Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
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Mr R L Bellamy
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1915
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