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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19th century Aboriginal hunting boomerang. Mild hook form, broad flat end & bulbous terminal to hand grip. Lightly scored surface. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

19th century Aboriginal hunting boomerang. Sword form with broad, flat section end. Lightly scored surface. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

Early Aboriginal hunting boomerang. Long flattened crescent form. Lightly worked scored surface & remnants of handgrip transverse scoring. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

Three Boomerangs, Queensland, Eastern and South Eastern Australian origin, late 19th century, 54.5 cm, 63.5 cm and 74 cm

A Boomerang, Lake Eyre district South Australia, late 19th century, 83.5 cm

Two Boomerangs, Lake Eyre district, South Australia, with very fine linear decoration front and back, late 19th century, 82 cm and 84 cm

A boomerang, 'Queensland Native Creation', Aboriginal painting on wood.

Queensland Aboriginal hunting boomerang. Asymetrical flattened club form. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 67 cm

19th century Aboriginal boomerang. Asymetrical club form with stone worked striations and incised grip. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 63 cm

Aboriginal hunting boomerang. Open curve hockey stick style with densely incised handgrip. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 79 cm

A Boomerang, Darling river region, late 19th century, 68 cm, Provenance: Private Collection South Australia,

A Boomerang, Western New South Wales origin, late 19th century, 71.5 cm, Provenance: Private Collection South Australia,

Aboriginal Art boomerang, Water Dreaming, Central Australian

Aboriginal fighting club. Dense hardwood of thick boomerang form with pointed ends. Use patina. Ex Hubert Jarvis collection, thence Bungan Castle Museum. Length 75 cm

19th century brass Aboriginal breastplate. 'Jimmy, L.T.C.E.A.M.' decorated with boomerangs. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 21 cm

A Boomerang, Central Australia (mid-late twentieth century), carved hardwood and natural earth pigments, 58 cm long

19th century Sydney basin boomerang. Stone-worked hardwood with single band incision. Striated handgrip. Weathered. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection, length 76 cm

Early Aboriginal boomerang club. Stone-worked hardwood. Use patina. Collected Quilpie QLD. Provenance: Baldwin Spencer collection, thence Bungan Castle Museum, length 91 cm

19th century Aboriginal boomerang club. Paroo sword style with long flat edge & striated grip. Provenance: Baldwin Spencer collection, thence Bungan Castle Museum, length 91 cm

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

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