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  • Robert Croll Boomerang Competition collection(22)

    Tracksuit jacket worn by Rob Croll as a member of the Australian Boomerang Team at the 1996 World Championships in New Zealand
    T-shirt worn by Rob Croll at the World Boomerang Championships in Barooga, Victoria, in 1988 for the individual event
    Australian Captain's t-shirt worn by Rob Croll in 1998 at the World Boomerang Championships in St Louis, USA
    T-shirt worn by Rob Croll as a member of the Australian Boomerang Team at the 1996 World Championships in New Zealand

    This collection consists of twelve competition boomerangs, nine items of boomerang competition clothing and a trophy, all of which belonged to Rob Croll.

    Since 1974, renowned Indigenous artefact collector Robert Croll has regularly competed in boomerang throwing competitions. He has been world boomerang throwing champion twice (1988 and 1996), and Australian boomerang throwing champion ten times. This collection is significant as an assemblage of material associated with the sport of boomerang throwing, an activity which began in the nineteenth century with demonstrations by Indigenous people but which has become an international sport. This collection also places the Museum's large collection of Indigenous boomerangs into a broader historical and cultural context.