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Boomerang with pokerwork image of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, made by Albert Perrett, La Perouse, Sydney, 1934

2007.0044.0001

Boomerang with pokerwork image of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, made by Albert Perrett, La Perouse, Sydney, 1934

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Description

Albert Perrett was a prominent boomerang maker working at La Perouse in the 1930s.

Physical description

Amber-coloured symmetrical wooden boomerang, with pokerwork [pyrographic] illustrations on the convex surface of Sydney Harbour Bridge; an emu; a kangaroo; and branches of foliage, and one of them has a possum on it. The water beneath the Bridge has been coloured green. "A. PERRETT / MAKER LA PEROUSE / N.S.W. / 1934" is written on the flat underside. Both of the tips are chipped.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of a wooden boomerang decorated with pokerwork and pigment. The design depicts Sydney Harbour Bridge in the arch with green water below, flanked by native flora and fauna. An inscription on the reverse reads 'A. Perrett, maker, La Perouse, NSW, 1934'. It measures 535mm by 175mm.

This boomerang made at La Perouse in 1934 by 'A Perrett' is decorated with pokerwork characteristic of the style of souvenir curios that were produced at La Perouse during this period. When the tramline from Sydney to La Perouse opened in 1902, visitors wanting to see the historic, ethnographic and natural sights of the area began to arrive and a market for locally produced Aboriginal objects was established. Soon the tourist trade became one of the primary sources of income for Aboriginal people. Through this means the community at La Perouse, despite its proximity to Sydney, not only maintained its own unique cultural practices but developed those practices in response to, and in tandem with, the city growing up around it.

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