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Shield with red square - QLD - painted by Paul Bong

Shield with red square - QLD - painted by Paul Bong

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection
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Shields
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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Paul Bong
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Water dreaming at Kalipinba

Water dreaming at Kalipinba

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Paintings
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Browns Bore, Northern Territory, Australia
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Ray I. Tjampitjinpa
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The Malaparra Possum Story

The Malaparra Possum Story

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Papunya, Central Australia, Northern Territory, Australia
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Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri
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1976
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'Ngurti' by George Tuckerbox, 2007

'Ngurti' by George Tuckerbox, 2007

Canning Stock Route collection
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Containers
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Jilji Bore, Western Australia, Australia
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George Tuckerbox
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2007
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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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Bread delivery cart

Bread delivery cart

Newcastle & Suburban Co-operative Society Ltd Bakery Cart collection
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Horsedrawn vehicles
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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Fibre basket by Janice Nixon, 2008

Fibre basket by Janice Nixon, 2008

Canning Stock Route collection
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Baskets
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Canning Stock Route, , Australia
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Janice Nixon
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2008
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Symmetrical brown boomerang

Symmetrical brown boomerang

Daisy Bates and Herbert Browne collection
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Boomerangs
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Ooldea, South Australia, Australia
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Daisy M. Bates CBE
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20 wooden and metal braille punches

20 wooden and metal braille punches

Dulcie May Magnus collection
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Punches
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Wignalls bamboo pram

Wignalls bamboo pram

Bothwell Museum collection
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Prams
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Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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Wignalls
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1900
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Figurative shaped wooden clapstick, with two eye sockets burned into the wood

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Gladys Henry collection
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Percussion instruments
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Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia
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Mrs Gladys Henry
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1970
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HALL OF CHAMPIONS, Australian Soccer honours, JOHN WARREN, as a MEMBER for Outstanding Performance

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John 'Johnny' Warren collection
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Johnny Warren MBE OAM
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Pair of slippers made from wood, leather, cloth and gold thread, Castellorizian formal attire worn by Rose Pappas

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George Pappas collection no. 1
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Slippers
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Megisti, Greece
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Rose Pappas
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1922
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Pigmented carved ironwood sculpture of a pelican

Pigmented carved ironwood sculpture of a pelican

Department of Sport Recreation and Tourism collection
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Wood carvings
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Stanislaus Purantatameri
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1980
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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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Dolls house and accessories handcrafted in Adelaide by Mrs Eva Howie for her daughter Clyde, 1930s

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Hetherington Family collection
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Dolls houses
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Eden Hills, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Mrs Eva A. Howie
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1930
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Framed dot painting on canvas board

Framed dot painting on canvas board

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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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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South Australia, Australia
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Billy Cooley
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'Wallaby dreaming', painted by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1975

'Wallaby dreaming', painted by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1975

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Paintings
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Kaapa M. Tjampitjinpa
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1975
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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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Goanna sculpture

Goanna sculpture

Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1
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Wood carvings
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Northern Territory, Australia
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Billy Wara
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1982
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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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Wooden highchair with white leather harness

Wooden highchair with white leather harness

Doris Nash collection
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Highchairs
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Iram Nash
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1875
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Club

Club

Dr Robert Wishart collection
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Clubs
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Painted Wandjina board by Lily Karadada

Painted Wandjina board by Lily Karadada

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Paintings
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Mowanjum, West Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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Mrs Lily Karadeda
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Goannas of Early Dreamtime legend.

Goannas of Early Dreamtime legend.

Crafts Council of Australia collection
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Bark paintings
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Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Aus...
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Lizard sculpture

Lizard sculpture

Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1
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Wood carvings
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Mutitjulu, Northern Territory, Australia
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Pulya Taylor
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1982
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Decorated wooden shield

Decorated wooden shield

Dr Robert Wishart collection
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Shields
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New South Wales, Australia
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Not provided
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1964
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'Carpet Snake Dreaming', painted by Toby Brown Tjampitjinpa, 1976

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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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Toby Brown Djambidjimba
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1976
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'Ngurti' by Kuji Rosie Goodjie and Jukuja Nora Tjookootja, 2007

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Canning Stock Route collection
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Containers
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Ngumpan, Western Australia, Australia
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Kuji R. Goodjie
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2007
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Weapon - Spearthrower Groote Eylandt

Weapon - Spearthrower Groote Eylandt

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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Mercer Marine Chronometer No 13290 in a wooden case, with accessories

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Department of Defence collection
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Chronometers
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St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
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Thomas Mercer Ltd
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1923
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Malayan-type hollow cylindrical wooden pipe with metal bowl and surface incised in 'rark' patterning

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American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Smoking pipes
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Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Clouds and Turtle (Miyapunu ga Mangan).

Clouds and Turtle (Miyapunu ga Mangan).

Buku-Larrngay Arts collection no. 1
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Bark paintings
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Galuru, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Nyapilingu Dhamarrandji
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1985
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Rock Wallaby

Rock Wallaby

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Paintings
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Charlie Egeley
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Sunshine stripper harvester

Sunshine stripper harvester

David Crane and Alice Sutton collection no. 1
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Stripper harvesters
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Sunshine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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1911
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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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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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Club

Club

Stan Mitchell collection
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Clubs
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Papua, Indonesia
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Cycad Nuts

Cycad Nuts

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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1948
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Pair of earings by B M Bancroft, 1990

Pair of earings by B M Bancroft, 1990

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection
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Pierced earrings
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Bronwyn Bancroft
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1990
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Handmade awl

Handmade awl

Guiseppe Picone collection
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Awls
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Mr Guiseppe '. Picone
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Commemorative poster presented to Sir Ninian Stephens on the occasion of the handing back of Uluru to its traditional owners in 1985

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Sir Ninian Stephen collection
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Political posters
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Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia
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Chips Mackinolty
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1985
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Wooden box containing phonograph attachments used by anthropologist AP Elkin in 1927

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Macleay Museum collection
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Audio equipment accessories
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United States of America
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Thomas A Edison Inc
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1906
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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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Black and white framed photograph of the four Faithfull brothers involved in the bushranger incident

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Springfield - Faithfull Family collection
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Portrait photographs
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George Serras
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Sawfish

Sawfish

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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Bark paintings
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Umbakumba, Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Nagungaba
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1969
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Installation tool for boot lid hold-open tension spring

Installation tool for boot lid hold-open tension spring

Hugh Videion collection
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Engineering tools
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Fishermens Bend, Port Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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1946
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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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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Dugong Hunt - Yirrkala, 1948

Dugong Hunt - 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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Bark painting depicting animals at a sacred site by Jimmy Nakkurridjdjilmi Nganjmirra of Gunbalanya, 1970

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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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Harvest of Endurance : A History of the Chinese in Australia 1788-1988

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Australia-China Friendship Society collection
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Scrolls
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Australia
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Mr Mo Xiangyi
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1987
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Boomerang

Boomerang

John Magers collection
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Boomerangs
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Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1975
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Weapon - Club - wooden

Weapon - Club - wooden

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Message stick

Message stick

Gladys Henry collection
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Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia
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Not provided
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1970
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Painting depicts kangaroo, x-ray style

Painting depicts kangaroo, x-ray style

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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Murawina
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Enfield 2-Band .577 percussion cavalry carbine

Enfield 2-Band .577 percussion cavalry carbine

Bob Marshall collection no. 1
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Carbines
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1858
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Bark painting depicting 30 circles, in combinations of black, white, red or yellow

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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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Polly Miller, Poinomaju
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1965
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Bark painting titled Djalambu Emu Dance by Djawa, Milingimbi, Northern Territory

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Dr Karel Kupka collection
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Bark paintings
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Djawa
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1963
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Firing the Humpy by Lin Onus

Firing the Humpy by Lin Onus

Lin Onus collection
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Oil paintings
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Lin Onus
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1972
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