Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Where our stories come alive

Collection Explorer

4

Highlights

Objects

Image Title and Collection What Where Who When
Message stick

Message stick

Gerhardt Laves collection
Apply Gerhardt Laves collection filter
Message sticks
Apply Message sticks filter
Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1931
Apply 1931 filter
Spear

Spear

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
Apply American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c... filter
Spears
Apply Spears filter
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
Message stick

Message stick

Horne-Bowie collection
Apply Horne-Bowie collection filter
Message sticks
Apply Message sticks filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1926
Apply 1926 filter
Bark painting depicts a large white canoe containing five people, above a long-necked bird and two large lizards

Bark painting depicts a large white canoe containing five pe...

Reverend A Dyer collection
Apply Reverend A Dyer collection filter
Bark paintings
Apply Bark paintings filter
Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Aus...
Apply Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Aus... filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
Aboriginal breastplate for Jemmy Muggle, King of Wiggley

Aboriginal breastplate for Jemmy Muggle, King of Wiggley

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Aboriginal breastplates
Apply Aboriginal breastplates filter
Nelligen, New South Wales, Australia
Apply Nelligen, New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1931
Apply 1931 filter
Club

Club

Dorothy Bennett collection
Apply Dorothy Bennett collection filter
Clubs
Apply Clubs filter
Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1974
Apply 1974 filter
Message stick

Message stick

Horne-Bowie collection
Apply Horne-Bowie collection filter
Message sticks
Apply Message sticks filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1926
Apply 1926 filter
Shield with cross design on front

Shield with cross design on front

Stan Mitchell collection
Apply Stan Mitchell collection filter
Shields
Apply Shields filter
Central Murray River Region, Victoria, Australia
Apply Central Murray River Region, Victoria, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1963
Apply 1963 filter
Message stick

Message stick

University of Sydney collection
Apply University of Sydney collection filter
Message sticks
Apply Message sticks filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1957
Apply 1957 filter
Pigmented bifacially edge ground stone hatchet

Pigmented bifacially edge ground stone hatchet

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
Apply American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c... filter
Hatchets
Apply Hatchets filter
Cape Stewart, North Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Cape Stewart, North Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1948
Apply 1948 filter
Hand made pick

Hand made pick

Olive Pink collection
Apply Olive Pink collection filter
Picks
Apply Picks filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1977
Apply 1977 filter
Woven pandanus fibre armband, pigmented in stripes

Woven pandanus fibre armband, pigmented in stripes

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
Apply American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c... filter
Armbands
Apply Armbands filter
Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
Message stick

Message stick

University of Sydney collection
Apply University of Sydney collection filter
Message sticks
Apply Message sticks filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1957
Apply 1957 filter
Spearthrower

Spearthrower

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
Apply American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c... filter
Spearthrowers
Apply Spearthrowers filter
Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
Aboriginal breastplate for Charley York, Chief of Bullangamang

Aboriginal breastplate for Charley York, Chief of Bullangama...

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Aboriginal breastplates
Apply Aboriginal breastplates filter
Bullangamang, New South Wales, Australia
Apply Bullangamang, New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1931
Apply 1931 filter
Spearthrower

Spearthrower

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
Apply American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c... filter
Spearthrowers
Apply Spearthrowers filter
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1948
Apply 1948 filter
Aboriginal breastplate for Dicky, King of Clyde Road

Aboriginal breastplate for Dicky, King of Clyde Road

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Aboriginal breastplates
Apply Aboriginal breastplates filter
Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Apply Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1931
Apply 1931 filter
Dronepipe - Yirrkala, 1948

Dronepipe - Yirrkala, 1948

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
Apply American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c... filter
Didjeridus
Apply Didjeridus filter
Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
Club - man's fighting stick

Club - man's fighting stick

Gladys Henry collection
Apply Gladys Henry collection filter
Clubs
Apply Clubs filter
Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia
Apply Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1970
Apply 1970 filter
Message sticks

Message sticks

Reverend FR Nitzschke collection
Apply Reverend FR Nitzschke collection filter
Message sticks
Apply Message sticks filter
Mapoon, Queensland, Australia
Apply Mapoon, Queensland, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1914
Apply 1914 filter
Aboriginal breastplate for Paddy, King of Boobarrego

Aboriginal breastplate for Paddy, King of Boobarrego

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Aboriginal breastplates
Apply Aboriginal breastplates filter
Orara River, New South Wales, Australia
Apply Orara River, New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1931
Apply 1931 filter
Decorated wooden shield

Decorated wooden shield

Dr Robert Wishart collection
Apply Dr Robert Wishart collection filter
Shields
Apply Shields filter
New South Wales, Australia
Apply New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1964
Apply 1964 filter
Aboriginal breastplate for Jack the Traveller, King of Bendora Bellevue Jembicumbane

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

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Aboriginal breastplates
Apply Aboriginal breastplates filter
Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia
Apply Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1931
Apply 1931 filter
Spearthrower

Spearthrower

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
Apply American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c... filter
Spearthrowers
Apply Spearthrowers filter
Cape Stewart, North Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Cape Stewart, North Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
Club - woman's fighting stick

Club - woman's fighting stick

Gladys Henry collection
Apply Gladys Henry collection filter
Clubs
Apply Clubs filter
Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia
Apply Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1970
Apply 1970 filter
Club

Club

Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection
Apply Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection filter
Clubs
Apply Clubs filter
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Apply Adelaide, South Australia, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1993
Apply 1993 filter
Boab nut incised with designs of animals

Boab nut incised with designs of animals

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Nut carvings
Apply Nut carvings filter
Western Australia, Australia
Apply Western Australia, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1931
Apply 1931 filter
Animal long bone awl

Animal long bone awl

Gladys Henry collection
Apply Gladys Henry collection filter
Awls
Apply Awls filter
Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia
Apply Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1970
Apply 1970 filter
Message stick

Message stick

A Morrison collection no. 1
Apply A Morrison collection no. 1 filter
Message sticks
Apply Message sticks filter
Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1969
Apply 1969 filter
Club

Club

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
Apply Dr Herbert Basedow collection filter
Clubs
Apply Clubs filter
Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1911
Apply 1911 filter
Aboriginal breastplate for U Robert, King of Big Leather and Big River Tribes

Aboriginal breastplate for U Robert, King of Big Leather and...

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Aboriginal breastplates
Apply Aboriginal breastplates filter
Gwydir River, New South Wales, Australia
Apply Gwydir River, New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1800
Apply 1800 filter
Spearthrower

Spearthrower

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
Apply American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c... filter
Spearthrowers
Apply Spearthrowers filter
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
Message stick - Yirrkala, 1948

Message stick - Yirrkala, 1948

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
Apply American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c... filter
Message sticks
Apply Message sticks filter
Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1948
Apply 1948 filter
Jiboom

Jiboom

Frederick D McCarthy collection
Apply Frederick D McCarthy collection filter
Wood carvings
Apply Wood carvings filter
Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
Apply Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1962
Apply 1962 filter
Club

Club

L and T Hackney collection
Apply L and T Hackney collection filter
Clubs
Apply Clubs filter
Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia
Apply Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1918
Apply 1918 filter
Knife

Knife

Stan Mitchell collection
Apply Stan Mitchell collection filter
Stone tools
Apply Stone tools filter
Cowarie, South Australia, Australia
Apply Cowarie, South Australia, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1963
Apply 1963 filter
Aboriginal breastplate for King Billy, King of the Barwon Blacks

Aboriginal breastplate for King Billy, King of the Barwon Bl...

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Aboriginal breastplates
Apply Aboriginal breastplates filter
Brewarrina, New South Wales, Australia
Apply Brewarrina, New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1910
Apply 1910 filter
Boomerang

Boomerang

Gladys Henry collection
Apply Gladys Henry collection filter
Boomerangs
Apply Boomerangs filter
Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia
Apply Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1970
Apply 1970 filter
Aboriginal breastplate for Billy Kelly, King of Broadwater

Aboriginal breastplate for Billy Kelly, King of Broadwater

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Aboriginal breastplates
Apply Aboriginal breastplates filter
Broadwater, New South Wales, Australia
Apply Broadwater, New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1931
Apply 1931 filter
Woven pandanus fibre armband, pigmented in stripes

Woven pandanus fibre armband, pigmented in stripes

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
Apply American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c... filter
Armbands
Apply Armbands filter
Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
Aboriginal breastplate for Joey, Chief of Petraman

Aboriginal breastplate for Joey, Chief of Petraman

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Aboriginal breastplates
Apply Aboriginal breastplates filter
Petraman
Apply Petraman filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1931
Apply 1931 filter
Wooden decorated carving of a pelican

Wooden decorated carving of a pelican

Dorothy Bennett collection
Apply Dorothy Bennett collection filter
Wood carvings
Apply Wood carvings filter
Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1974
Apply 1974 filter
Palm leaf bound with a narrow length of palm leaf forming a circular armband

Palm leaf bound with a narrow length of palm leaf forming a ...

Dr La Mont West collection
Apply Dr La Mont West collection filter
Armbands
Apply Armbands filter
Lockhart River, Queensland, Australia
Apply Lockhart River, Queensland, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1964
Apply 1964 filter
Boomerang

Boomerang

John Magers collection
Apply John Magers collection filter
Boomerangs
Apply Boomerangs filter
Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia
Apply Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1975
Apply 1975 filter
Head ornament made with macropod teeth

Head ornament made with macropod teeth

Professor WEH Stanner collection no. 1
Apply Professor WEH Stanner collection no. 1 filter
Head ornaments
Apply Head ornaments filter
Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
Pigmented bent bark ceremonial armband

Pigmented bent bark ceremonial armband

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
Apply Dr Herbert Basedow collection filter
Armbands
Apply Armbands filter
Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1911
Apply 1911 filter
Aboriginal breastplate for Tommy, King of Gongolgon

Aboriginal breastplate for Tommy, King of Gongolgon

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Aboriginal breastplates
Apply Aboriginal breastplates filter
Gongolgon, New South Wales, Australia
Apply Gongolgon, New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1931
Apply 1931 filter
Boomerang

Boomerang

John Magers collection
Apply John Magers collection filter
Boomerangs
Apply Boomerangs filter
Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia
Apply Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1975
Apply 1975 filter
Boomerang

Boomerang

JC Le Souef collection
Apply JC Le Souef collection filter
Boomerangs
Apply Boomerangs filter
Coranderrk, Victoria, Australia
Apply Coranderrk, Victoria, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1982
Apply 1982 filter
Cylindrical basket

Cylindrical basket

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
Apply American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c... filter
Baskets
Apply Baskets filter
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1948
Apply 1948 filter
Pigmented cylindrical basket

Pigmented cylindrical basket

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
Apply American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c... filter
Baskets
Apply Baskets filter
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1948
Apply 1948 filter
Wooden decorated carving, 'Jabiru', from Melville or Bathurst Island

Wooden decorated carving, 'Jabiru', from Melville or Bathurs...

Dorothy Bennett collection
Apply Dorothy Bennett collection filter
Wood carvings
Apply Wood carvings filter
Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
Apply Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1974
Apply 1974 filter
Wooden harpoon

Wooden harpoon

Gladys Henry collection
Apply Gladys Henry collection filter
Harpoons
Apply Harpoons filter
Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia
Apply Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1970
Apply 1970 filter
Oval toy shield made from wood, with three sticks inserted through two holes in the posterior surface, to form the handle

Oval toy shield made from wood, with three sticks inserted t...

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
Apply Dr Herbert Basedow collection filter
Toys
Apply Toys filter
Alberga River, South Australia, Australia
Apply Alberga River, South Australia, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1934
Apply 1934 filter
Woven semi-circular basket

Woven semi-circular basket

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Baskets
Apply Baskets filter
Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia
Apply Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1931
Apply 1931 filter
Aboriginal breastplate for James Fearnought, King of Merigal

Aboriginal breastplate for James Fearnought, King of Merigal

E Milne collection
Apply E Milne collection filter
Aboriginal breastplates
Apply Aboriginal breastplates filter
Merigal, New South Wales, Australia
Apply Merigal, New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1850
Apply 1850 filter
Aboriginal breastplate for Tumberilagong, Chief of the Nuneree Tribe

Aboriginal breastplate for Tumberilagong, Chief of the Nuner...

Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
Apply Australian Institute of Anatomy collection filter
Aboriginal breastplates
Apply Aboriginal breastplates filter
Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
Apply Cooma, New South Wales, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1985
Apply 1985 filter
Message stick

Message stick

Gladys Henry collection
Apply Gladys Henry collection filter
Message sticks
Apply Message sticks filter
Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia
Apply Euramo, Tully, QLD, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1970
Apply 1970 filter
Message stick

Message stick

Keith Goddard collection
Apply Keith Goddard collection filter
Message sticks
Apply Message sticks filter
East Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
Apply East Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1948
Apply 1948 filter
Pointed metal knife blade hafted into a rounded knob of adhesive

Pointed metal knife blade hafted into a rounded knob of adhe...

Olive Pink collection
Apply Olive Pink collection filter
Knives
Apply Knives filter
Not provided
Apply Not provided filter
1977
Apply 1977 filter
Load more objects