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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'.
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.
L 585mm x W 260mm x D 15mm
Attributed by Robert Croll