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T-shirt worn by Rob Croll at the World Boomerang Championships in Barooga, Victoria, in 1988 for the individual event

2008.0015.0022

T-shirt worn by Rob Croll at the World Boomerang Championships in Barooga, Victoria, in 1988 for the individual event

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Physical description

A small size 16 yellow cotton raglan style T-shirt with green print on the front and the back. The front has a logo in green of seven boomerangs and the text 'BOOMERANG ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA' around a map of Australia and the text 'BAA'. On the back is the text 'Boomerang / Association / AUSTRALIA'. In green. There is a manufacturer's label at the back neckline.

Statement of significance

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.

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