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Boomerang with inscribed scallop pattern, attributed to William Russell, Coranderrk 1910

2008.0048.0131

Boomerang with inscribed scallop pattern, attributed to William Russell, Coranderrk 1910

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Physical description

A symmetrical timber boomerang, adorned on the front with an incised scallop pattern on the edges, an X marked at both ends and 'WR' in the centre. Attached to the boomerang by a white rubber band is a paper label bearing the text 'William Russell / Coranderrk / 1910'.

Statement of significance

This collection of 150 objects shows the agency of Indigenous people in designing and making 'tourist' artefacts and demonstrates their engagement with the non-Indigenous economy. It expands the NMA's collection of these often overlooked 'tourist, souvenir', Aboriginal objects.

The attribution of many of the artefacts in this collection to particular artists and places is a significant element of this collection, as artefacts by known artists are difficult to obtain, and are a useful means of giving agency to Aboriginal histories. The NMA has very few Indigenous artefacts with artists attributed to them.

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