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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Early Aboriginal ceremonial club. Scored symbols to ducksbill tip. Use patina & scored shaft. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

Early Aboriginal club. Fully grooved shaft. Dense hardwood with some older stable drying splits. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

19th century Aboriginal club. Of flattened form, sinuous shaft in dense hardwood. Scored full length, both sides. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

Aboriginal Paroo sword club. Dense smooth hardwood with scratches. Small losses. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

19th century Aboriginal club. Queensland style with pointed trapezoidal head & bulbous hand terminal. Very dense hardwood. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

Early Aboriginal ceremonial sword club. Finely hatched and incised pattern to top. Flat underside has fine linear grooves. Losses to both tips, and hanging hole drilled to tip. Length 108

Two various clubs. Western Pacific, with panelled, hatched and notched handle. Old splits; and Aboriginal club with pointed offset head. Length 71 cm (each)

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

19th century Aboriginal ceremonial club. Banded ochre markings with fibre and resin handgrip. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 101 cm

19th century Aboriginal small club. Curved flattened form with incised grip. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 39 cm

A Fighting Pole Club (Tjirtinpa) adorned with bands of fine stone-cut linear decoration, Central Australian origin, 19th century, 115 cm, Provenance: Private Collection South Australia,

A transitional Club, decorated with unusual herring bone carving to the bulbous head, South Australian origin most likely Mt Barker region, late 19th century, 65.5 cm, Provenance: Private Collection South Australia,

Throwing Club, Tiwi Islands, carved timber with ochre decoration, early 20th century, 45 cm, Provenance: Private Collection South Australia,

A Fighting Club (Murra Wirri) with stone tooled linear decoration, South Australian origin typical of the Lake Eyre district, late 19th century, 97 cm, Provenance: Private Collection South Australia,

Aboriginal Queensland club. Sword style club with pecked hand grip. Ex Hubert Jarvis, (Qld artist & entomologist) thence Bungan Castle Museum. Length 70 cm

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

Early Aboriginal club. Stoneworked hardwood with scratch decorated handle. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 68 cm

Aboriginal bulbous club (lil lil). Very dense hardwood with use patina. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection, length 71 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

A South East Australian Aboriginal club with elliptical decoration in high relief. Length 64 cm

A old hardwood club, Central Australia, of elongated tapering form, heavily incised with designs on most of the surface and old use patina. 81 cm

A fine Queensland rainforest shield and sword club, early 20th century. Provenance: Robert White collection. Shield: 87.5 x 19 cm; club: 92 cm (2)

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

An early club, South East Australia (circa 1900), carved hardwood. 61 cm

Two fine & early clubs, Queensland (19th century), carved hardwood. Longest 81 cm

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

Aboriginal shield West Australian origin circa 1940s (62 cm); & a club central deserts origin (58 cm)

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

Car hood ornaments: 1929 Graham-Paige mascot, Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (2), Royal Automobile Association of South Australia. (4 items)

An Aboriginal Leangle club, circa early 20th century. The club has dark burnt patination. Length 75 cm. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art USA. Sold Webb's Auctions, New Zealand 19th June 2010.

Aboriginal tribal club and woomera, central deserts region, 20th century. Approximately 72 cm each. (2 items).

A boomerang-club (lil-lil), New South Wales (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 63 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

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 unusual early club, probably South East Australia (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 48.5 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

Two early beehive ended clubs, South East Australia (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 64 cm; 60.5 cm high (2). Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

An early club, South East Australia (nineteenth century), carved hardwood and binding, 55.5 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

A bulbous club, South East Australia (early nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 56.5 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

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