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Aboriginal breastplate for King Too Too, Crack Horsebreaker & Glastonbury Coach Groom

2000.0028.0001

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Aboriginal breastplate for King Too Too, Crack Horsebreaker & Glastonbury Coach Groom

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Physical description

A rectangular brass breastplate with rounded corners, engraved "KING TOO TOO, / CRACK HORSEBREAKER / & GLASTONBURY / COACH / GROOM / W.H Lynn, Engraver" with an image of an emu to the left of the text and an image of a kangaroo to the right. The breastplate has rounded corners and there are holes in the top two corners for a chain or cord. On the reverse are the maker's details "Wm.H.Lynn / General / Engraver / Gympie / Jany. 1888"

Statement of significance

The Genevieve Head Collection comprises a rectangular metal breastplate inscribed 'King Too Too Crack Horsebreaker and Glastonbury Coach Groom'. There is an emu engraved at the lower left and a kangaroo at the lower right. The breastplate has rounded corners and there are holes in the top two corners for a chain or cord. On the reverse are the maker's details: W M Lynn of Gympie (Qld) 1888.

The breastplate was acquired by Ms Head's father, a skilled horseman himself, while serving with the Australian Army in Queensland during the Second World War. He returned to Western Australia after his discharge and it has been in the family ever since. The practice of awarding breastplates to Australian Aboriginals dates from 1830 and continued to the 1930s. King Too Too's breastplate is significant as it documents his skills as horsebreaker and groom. It also records more maker's information than many other breastplates.

Physical description

On display at the National Museum of Australia.

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