Learn about Aboriginal Artefacts

Aboriginal art and artefact collecting goes back to early first contact times. In fact local Aboriginals around Sydney use to trade artefacts with visiting ships from the earliest days. Curio collecting has always been part of early exploration of the new world. Ceremonial adornment items that were made of perishable material were not preserved for future use and so early examples are very collectable. Early shields, clubs and boomerangs that were cherished as favourites and had developed a deep colour and patina are preferred. Historical items that were collected by early notable pioneers, explorers or anthropologists are of high interest to collectors. Some areas are collected because the artistic expression makes them more appealing when displayed. Production of artefacts has never ceased and are still made today for sale. Bark painting production started in mass in the 1950's and were sold via missionary shops. The earlier barks are more sought after. Now with many of the early artists and their roll in the maintenance of culture recognized, these barks are seen as important expressions of a past lifestyle.

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An Early Throwing Boomerang, South East Queensland (early nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 60 cm long.. Provenance: Surveryor operating in Southern Queensland (collected late 19th century). By descent Private Collection, United Kingdom

A boomerang, used for striking fish, Western Australia. Length 56 cm

A boomerang, Queensland with finely incised traditional designs. Length 66 cm

A group of 4 Queensland artifact, comprising 3 Woomeras and a western Queensland boomerang. Boomerang 74 cm

Two old boomerangs, left: an early stone carved hunting boomerang, Western Australia, right : an early highly curved returning boomerang, made from hardwood, Southeast Australia, early 20th century. Provenance: Lord Alistair McAlpine (1942-2014); a British

Two early central Desert hunting boomerangs, both with fine linear striations, traces of ochre, use and old patina. Provenance: Lord Alistair McAlpine (1942-2014); a British businessman, politician and author who was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret T

Two early central Desert hunting boomerangs, both with fine linear striations, traces of ochre, used and old patina. Provenance: Lord Alistair McAlpine (1942-2014); a British businessman, politician and author who was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret

Three early south East Australian boomerangs, 19th century; finely stone carved and in good condition. Provenance: Lord Alistair McAlpine (1942-2014); a British businessman, politician and author who was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, he w

Two old boomerangs, both with incised designs, one has a spirit figure on both sides. Provenance: Lord Alistair McAlpine (1942-2014); a British businessman, politician and author who was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, he was a lifetime col

Three old hunting boomerangs, 19th/early 20th century; with incised designs. Provenance: Lord Alistair McAlpine (1942-2014); a British businessman, politician and author who was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, he was a lifetime collector in

. Four Australian objects, including an Aboriginal waddy club, boomerang, West Australian woomera and an unframed barramundi painting. The waddy club, 71 cm long

A ceremonial boomerang, Central Australia (1930s), natural earth pigments on carved wood. 73 cm

An early ceremonial hooked boomerang, Northern Territory (early 20th century), natural earth pigments on carved hardwood. 84 cm

Rare Vintage Aboriginal Hermannsburg painted boomerang by Edwin (Pareroultja)

Vintage Aboriginal Hermannsburg painted boomerang signed Reechel Emelkna

Antique 19th century Australian Aboriginal NSW boomerang, fine incised decoration, Kamilaroi Tribe Delungra, 1908

Antique 19th century Australian Aboriginal NSW boomerang, fine incised meandering decoration, Kamilaroi Tribe Delungra, 1908, approx 63.5 cm long

Aboriginal club, boomerang, carved stick & Islander bamboo flute (4 items). Largest 81 cm.

Four early Aboriginal souvenir boomerangs one broken 46 cm - 56 cm

Three Aboriginal artefacts including a ceremonial spear tip, an early tourist boomerang and a feather ornament

Important group aboriginal tribal artifacts collected by Thomas Phillip Gourlay at Mt Eba on Bon Bon Station South Australia located near the junction of Queensland & the Northern Territory. Early 20th century. Shields (3), boomerangs (8), snake, sword clu

A fine boomerang, Broome area West Australia with remains of ocre finish, late 19th century. 55 cm

Two boomerangs from the private collection of renowned explorer & anthropologist Alfred Howitt. Western New South Wales (74 cm) & South Eastern Australian (45 cm) origins, 19th century. Howitt was appointed leader of the Victorian Relief Expedition in sear

Australian Aboriginal hardwood boomerang with incised carving

Three clubs and two boomerang, Queensland (circa 1900), carved hardwood, 59.5 cm; 61.5 cm 63.5 cm; 74 cm; 40 cm (5). These three clubs and two boomerang were collected by Darcy Thompson of St Mary's, Sydney. Thompson worked on properties in Queensland afte

An early boomerang, Darling River Region (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 75 cm long. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

An early wunda shield and boomerang, Western Australia (nineteenth century), carved hardwood and natural earth pigments, 60.5 cm; 55.5 cm (2). Provenance: Private Collection, Victoria

An early engraved boomerang, South East Australia (early nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 51.5 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom. Private Collection, Melbourne

A rare boomerang club, South East Australia (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 63.5 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

Two hooked boomerangs, Central Australia (1970), carved wood and natural earth pigments, 69.5 cm; 74.5 cm high (2). Provenance: Private Collection, South Australia

A rare fishing boomerang, possibly South Australia, carved hardwood, 59.1 cm high. For two related examples see Philip Jones, boomerang;, Behind an Australian Icon, Ten speed Press, California, 1997, pp. 52-53, where he describes the illustrated examples a

An impressive boomerang, probably Broome, North Western Australia, (nineteenth century), carved wood and earth pigments, 67 cm high. For two related examples see, Philip Jones, boomerang; Behind an Australian Icon, Ten speed Press, California, 1997, p. 39

A rainforest shield, Mareeba, North Queensland (circa 1900), natural earth pigments on carved figwood, 97 cm high. This shield is historically significant; it was collected by John Atherton (1837-1913), the grazier and overlander after whom the tablelands

A large boomerang, South West Queensland (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 93.5 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

A fine boomerang, South West Queensland (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 85.5 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

A boomerang made and used by the King of Murrumbidgee, Murrumbidgee, New South Wales (mid nineteenth century), carved hardwood and sterling silver, 88 cm long. A fighting boomerang that carries a sterling silver plaque identifying it as having been 'made a

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