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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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

Two clubs, South East Australia (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 67 cm; 62 cm high. Provenance: James Purves Collection (1979), Berry Collection, Melbourne. Private Collection, Melbourne

An early club, South East Australia (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 69 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

A rare club, South East Australia (early nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 71 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom. Private Collection, Melbourne

A rare and early club, South East Australia (early nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 71 cm high. For related examples see: Carol Cooper, Aboriginal Australia, Australian Gallery of Directors Council, New South Wales, 1981, pp.90, S51-52, illustrated, w

An unusual and early club, South East Australia (early nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 75 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

An early club, South East Australia (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 55 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

An exceptional club, South East Australia (early nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 63 cm high. For a related example see: Robert Brough Smyth, The Aborigines of Victoria: with notes relating to the habits of the natives of other parts of Australia and

An early and engraved club, Murray River Region, South East Australia, (early nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 65 cm; 67 cm high. For related examples see: Carol Cooper, Aboriginal Australia, Australian Gallery of Directors Council, New South Wales, 1

Three fine ceremonial clubs, Bathurst or Melville Islands, Northern Territory, (circa 1930), carved ironwood and natural earth pigments, 50.5 cm; 54 cm; 45.5 cm (3). Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

An early fish-tailed club, Bathurst or Melville Islands, Northern Territory, (circa 1900), carved hardwood, 59.5 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, South Australia

A rare club (bendi), Central Queensland (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 75.5 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Queensland

A fine and rare club (bendi), Central Queensland (nineteenth century), carved hardwood. An exceptionally fine and rare form of club, (of which we have two in this sale); this example appears to be stone carved., 80.7 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection

A large sword club, Far North Queensland (nineteenth century), carved hardwood and resin, 151.6 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney. The commanding presence of this sword club belies its traditional use. It is one of the widest and largest blad

An early club, Queensland (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 72.5 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, South Australia

A nail-headed club, South East Australia, (nineteenth century), carved hardwood and imbedded iron, 63 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

A nail-headed club, Queensland (nineteenth century), carved hardwood and hob-nails, 70.7 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

A finely incised and rare club, Wide Bay-Burnett Region, Queensland (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 66.7 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Queensland

An early and exceptional narrow parrying shield, Darling River Region, New South Wales (early-mid nineteenth century), carved hardwood and natural pigments, 84.8 cm high. A fine, early stone-carved parrying shield of diamond shaped cross-section and elonga

An important and rare ceremonial boomerang-club (lil-lil), North Queensland (circa 1900), carved hardwood, 80.5 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Victoria, This extraordinary and large ceremonial boomerang-club is carved of hardwood with an irregula

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