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Wooden (mawa) mask carved from a solid form, with a human face and protruding ears and a nose

Wooden (mawa) mask carved from a solid form, with a human fa...

Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Masks
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Saibai Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1985
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Murray Island Dancers - Greetings from Torres Strait

Murray Island Dancers - Greetings from Torres Strait

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Photographic postcards
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Torres Strait Islands, Queensland, Australia
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Murray Island Dance Group
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1992
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Mask

Mask

Rabaul Melanesian collection
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Sepik River, , Papua New Guinea, Oceania
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Bamboo percussion instrument or clapper

Bamboo percussion instrument or clapper

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Percussion instruments
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Lena Passi
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1992
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Poster of Eddie Mabo, by Clifford Beresford Robinson, 1993

Poster of Eddie Mabo, by Clifford Beresford Robinson, 1993

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collecti...
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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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Clifford B. Robinson
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1993
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Bamboo percussion instrument or clapper

Bamboo percussion instrument or clapper

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Percussion instruments
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Lena Passi
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1992
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Plastic bead necklace

Plastic bead necklace

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Necklaces
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Thursday (Waiben) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Gagee Maron
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1992
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Toy ball woven from coconut palm leaves

Toy ball woven from coconut palm leaves

Dr Wolfgang Laade collection
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Toys
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1963
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Grass doll baby dancing

Grass doll baby dancing

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Dolls
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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National Museum of Australia
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1993
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Eight Totems of Mer T-shirt

Eight Totems of Mer T-shirt

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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T-shirts
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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1992
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Dance armband made from coconut leaf

Dance armband made from coconut leaf

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Armbands
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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National Museum of Australia
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1993
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Wall decoration

Wall decoration

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Wall hangings
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Helen Mabo
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1992
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Wall decoration

Wall decoration

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Helen Mabo
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1992
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Dance armband made from coconut leaf

Dance armband made from coconut leaf

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Armbands
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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National Museum of Australia
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1993
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Canadian Mask

Canadian Mask

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collecti...
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
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Coconut barsor

Coconut barsor

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Water containers
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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National Museum of Australia
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1993
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'Maza Mawa (Wapiya) II' by Alick Tipoti, 2011

'Maza Mawa (Wapiya) II' by Alick Tipoti, 2011

Alick Tipoti collection no. 3
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Masks
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Alick Tipoti
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Strengthening Cultural Networks

Strengthening Cultural Networks

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Sun visors
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Ted Gabey
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1992
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Turtleshell mask (krar) representing a human face by George Nona

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George Nona collection
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Mr George Nona
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Eharo mask

Eharo mask

Papuan Official collection
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Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea, Oceania
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Mr William J. Lambden
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1923
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Department of the Parliamentary Library Information Storage and Retrieval System A guide through the Mabo maze

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Terry Fox collection
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Government records
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Eddie K. Mabo
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1993
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Nazir shell of the Trochus species

Nazir shell of the Trochus species

Dr Wolfgang Laade collection
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Torres Strait, ,
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Carved wooden mask of the face of Ayi Wurarau, from Malol Mission

Carved wooden mask of the face of Ayi Wurarau, from Malol Mi...

Beth Dean Carell collection no. 4
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Papua New Guinea, Oceania
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Brere Awol
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1955
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Club

Club

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Clubs
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1993
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'Dark palm tree', painted by Eddie Mabo, c1980

'Dark palm tree', painted by Eddie Mabo, c1980

Bonita Mabo collection
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Watercolour paintings
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Eddie K. Mabo
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1980
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Mask

Mask

Papuan Official collection
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Western Province, Papua New Guinea, Oceania
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Mr A P. Lyons
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Plaster death mask of the head of bushranger Ned Kelly

Plaster death mask of the head of bushranger Ned Kelly

Dale White collection
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Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Edward 'Ned' Kelly
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1880
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Palm frond hand fan

Palm frond hand fan

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Fans
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Grace Barsa
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1992
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Coconut shell water container

Coconut shell water container

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Water containers
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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1993
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Toy ball woven from pandanus leaves

Toy ball woven from pandanus leaves

Dr Wolfgang Laade collection
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Toys
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1963
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'Still life with jar and bowl', painted by Eddie Mabo, c1952

'Still life with jar and bowl', painted by Eddie Mabo, c1952

Bonita Mabo collection
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Watercolour paintings
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Eddie K. Mabo
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1952
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Mask

Mask

Papuan Official collection
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Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea, Oceania
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Mr Edwin M. Bastard
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1923
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Mask

Mask

Papuan Official collection
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Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea, Oceania
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1923
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Ornamental orange plastic bead earrings

Ornamental orange plastic bead earrings

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Earrings
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Torres Strait Islands, Queensland, Australia
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Gagee Maron
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1992
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'Tree and landscape', painted by Eddie Mabo

'Tree and landscape', painted by Eddie Mabo

Bonita Mabo collection
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Paintings
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Eddie K. Mabo
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Grass doll baby dancing

Grass doll baby dancing

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Dolls
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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National Museum of Australia
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1993
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'Sugu Mawa' by Alick Tipoti, 2011

'Sugu Mawa' by Alick Tipoti, 2011

Alick Tipoti collection no. 3
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Masks
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Alick Tipoti
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Mask

Mask

Papuan Official collection
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Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea, Oceania
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1923
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MABO Treaty, by Alan Moir

MABO Treaty, by Alan Moir

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collecti...
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Cartoons
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Lovett Tower, Woden Town Centre, Phillip, Canberra, Australian Capi...
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Mr Alan Moir
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Grass doll

Grass doll

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Dolls
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1993
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'Dragon Heads', painted by Eddie Mabo, c1951

'Dragon Heads', painted by Eddie Mabo, c1951

Bonita Mabo collection
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Watercolour paintings
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Eddie K. Mabo
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1951
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Child's drawing

Child's drawing

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Drawings
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Thursday Island Primary School
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1992
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Conical hat woven from coconut leaves

Conical hat woven from coconut leaves

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Hats
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Lily Gabey
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1992
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Political cartoon titled 'MABO', by Geoff Pryor, 1993

Political cartoon titled 'MABO', by Geoff Pryor, 1993

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collecti...
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Political cartoons
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Lovett Tower, Woden Town Centre, Phillip, Canberra, Australian Capi...
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Mr Geoff Pryor
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Painted bamboo drum

Painted bamboo drum

1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection
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Musical drums
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Lena Passi
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1987
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Black lace covered mask with handle belonging to Shirley Andrews OAM

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Shirley Andrews collection
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Ornament warrior's belt worn by Bruce Tapau

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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National Museum of Australia
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1993
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Eddie Mabo, by C B Robinson.

Eddie Mabo, by C B Robinson.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collecti...
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Portraits
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Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
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Clifford B. Robinson
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1993
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Mask

Papuan Official collection
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Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea, Oceania
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1923
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Ceremonial torch - dance

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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National Museum of Australia
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Bai Bai Sam or warrior's headband worn by Danny Ghee

Bai Bai Sam or warrior's headband worn by Danny Ghee

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Headbands
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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1993
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Ceremonial torch - dance

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Mask

Papuan Official collection
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Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea, Oceania
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1923
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Eddie Mabo, by C B Robinson.

Eddie Mabo, by C B Robinson.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collecti...
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Clifford B. Robinson
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1993
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Water bowl made from a coconut

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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National Museum of Australia
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Oblong carved wooden mask of a face

Oblong carved wooden mask of a face

Beth Dean Carell collection no. 4
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Murik Lakes, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
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Mr Victor Carell
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1978
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Ceremonial dance mask in the form of a shark's jaw, by John Barsa

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Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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1993
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Bow and arrow used by the Drums of Mer Dance Group, June 1993

Bow and arrow used by the Drums of Mer Dance Group, June 199...

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Archery equipment
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1993
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Flat cardboard cut-out imitation of Ned Kelly's mask

Flat cardboard cut-out imitation of Ned Kelly's mask

Australian Bicentennial Authority collection
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Edward 'Ned' Kelly
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Bai Bai Sam or warrior's headband worn by Bruce Tapau

Drums of Mer Dance Group collection
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Murray (Mer) Island, Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia
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