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Spearthrower

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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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Club - man's fighting stick

Club - man's fighting stick

Gladys Henry collection
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Clubs
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Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia
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1970
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Aboriginal breastplate for Joey, Chief of Petraman

Aboriginal breastplate for Joey, Chief of Petraman

E Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Petraman
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1931
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Club

Club

Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection
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Clubs
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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1993
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Message stick

Message stick

Keith Goddard collection
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East Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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1948
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Aboriginal breastplate for Jack the Traveller, King of Bendora Bellevue Jembicumbane

Aboriginal breastplate for Jack the Traveller, King of Bendo...

E Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia
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1931
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Message stick

Message stick

Horne-Bowie collection
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Message sticks
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Not provided
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1926
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Long narrow mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string - Yirrkala, 1948

Long narrow mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string...

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bags
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Woven semi-circular basket

Woven semi-circular basket

E Milne collection
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Baskets
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Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia
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1931
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Message stick

Message stick

Keith Goddard collection
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East Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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1948
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spearthrowers
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Cape Stewart, North Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Pigmented bent bark ceremonial armband

Pigmented bent bark ceremonial armband

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Armbands
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1911
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Message stick - Yirrkala, 1948

Message stick - Yirrkala, 1948

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Club

Club

L and T Hackney collection
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Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia
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1918
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Pigmented cylindrical basket

Pigmented cylindrical basket

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Baskets
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Elcho Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Message stick

Message stick

Horne-Bowie collection
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Message sticks
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1926
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Long narrow mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string - Yirrkala, 1948

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American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bags
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Pigmented bifacially edge ground stone hatchet

Pigmented bifacially edge ground stone hatchet

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Hatchets
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Cape Stewart, North Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Triangular apron made of a length of melaleuca bark folded in half from Melville or Bathurst Island

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Charles Hart collection
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Aprons
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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Wooden decorated carving, 'Jabiru', from Melville or Bathurst Island

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Dorothy Bennett collection
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Wood carvings
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spearthrowers
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Cape Stewart, North Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Club

Club

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1974
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Incised shield with white pigment decoration

Incised shield with white pigment decoration

Stan Mitchell collection
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Shields
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Not provided
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1963
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Message stick

Message stick

Horne-Bowie collection
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Message sticks
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Not provided
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1926
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Message stick

Message stick

University of Sydney collection
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1957
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Aboriginal breastplate for U Robert, King of Big Leather and Big River Tribes

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E Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Gwydir River, New South Wales, Australia
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1800
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Mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string - Yirrkala, 1948

Mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string - Yirrkala,...

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bags
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Knife

Knife

Stan Mitchell collection
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Stone tools
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Cowarie, South Australia, Australia
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1963
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Boab nut incised with designs of animals

Boab nut incised with designs of animals

E Milne collection
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Nut carvings
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Western Australia, Australia
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1931
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Aboriginal breastplate for Jemmy Muggle, King of Wiggley

Aboriginal breastplate for Jemmy Muggle, King of Wiggley

E Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Nelligen, New South Wales, Australia
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1931
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Message stick

Message stick

Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Message sticks
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1985
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Wooden decorated carving of a pelican

Wooden decorated carving of a pelican

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Wood carvings
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1974
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Message stick

Message stick

Enid Bowden collection
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Message sticks
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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1987
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Boomerang

Boomerang

JC Le Souef collection
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Boomerangs
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Coranderrk, Victoria, Australia
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1982
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Head ornament made with macropod teeth

Head ornament made with macropod teeth

Professor WEH Stanner collection no. 1
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Head ornaments
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Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia
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Message stick

Message stick

A Morrison collection no. 1
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Message sticks
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1969
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Woven pandanus fibre armband, pigmented in stripes

Woven pandanus fibre armband, pigmented in stripes

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Armbands
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Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Message stick

Message stick

Horne-Bowie collection
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Message sticks
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Not provided
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1926
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Message stick

Message stick

University of Sydney collection
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Message sticks
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1957
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Aboriginal breastplate for John Neville, King of Mahaderree

Aboriginal breastplate for John Neville, King of Mahaderree

E Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Maharatta, New South Wales, Australia
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1931
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Malayan-type hollow square wooden smoking pipe, with metal bowl and incised cross-hatching

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American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Smoking pipes
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Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Aus...
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1948
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Dronepipe - Yirrkala, 1948

Dronepipe - Yirrkala, 1948

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Didjeridus
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Wooden paddle - Yirrkala, 1948

Wooden paddle - Yirrkala, 1948

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Paddles
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Message stick

Message stick

Gladys Henry collection
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Message sticks
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Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia
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1970
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Hollow cylindrical wood pipe, blocked at the distal end and with a crab claw bowl inserted in a hole

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Dr Robert Wishart collection
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Smoking pipes
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Northern Australia, Australia
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1964
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Message stick

Message stick

Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection
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Message sticks
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Murchison, Western Australia, Australia
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1993
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Digging stick

Digging stick

Dr Robert Wishart collection
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Digging sticks
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Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
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Not provided
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1964
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Spear

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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Spearthrower

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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Aboriginal breastplate for Billy Kelly, King of Broadwater

Aboriginal breastplate for Billy Kelly, King of Broadwater

E Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Broadwater, New South Wales, Australia
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Not provided
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1931
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Message stick

Message stick

Horne-Bowie collection
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Message sticks
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Not provided
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1926
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Message stick

Message stick

Enid Bowden collection
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Message sticks
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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1987
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Aboriginal breastplate for King Billy, King of the Barwon Blacks

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E Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Brewarrina, New South Wales, Australia
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1910
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"Children's band" armlet made of cane bound in a circle with...

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Armbands
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Message sticks

Message sticks

Reverend FR Nitzschke collection
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Mapoon, Queensland, Australia
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1914
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Message stick

Message stick

Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection
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Message sticks
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Murchison, Western Australia, Australia
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1993
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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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1975
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Aboriginal breastplate for Jemmy, King of Bolara Maneroo

Aboriginal breastplate for Jemmy, King of Bolara Maneroo

E Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Bolara, New South Wales, Australia
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1931
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Club

Club

Reverend A Dyer collection
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Clubs
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1963
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Aboriginal breastplate for Dick, King of Evesham, Darr River

Aboriginal breastplate for Dick, King of Evesham, Darr River

Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Evesham Station, Darr River, Queensland, Australia
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1985
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