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.

Some examples of collectable Aboriginal artefacts are:

21 items found:

These items have been sold, and the description, image and price are for reference purposes only.

Swain & Co. 'Australian Aboriginal Lubra' undivided back Rp…

Australian Aboriginal Lubra and Other Australian Subjects Postcards (3)

Swain & Co. 'Australian Aboriginal Lubra' undivided back Rp postcard; plus 2 other Australian subjects. (3).

Australian Postcards album including Aboriginal interest,…

Discover Australia's Diverse Landscapes: A Postcard Collection

Australian Postcards album including Aboriginal interest, Dandenong Ranges, Ovens River, Railway Workshops and Yards Ipswich Queensland, Sandringham Station and Tram Terminus, examples by Kerry, The Grampians, Parade Day Horsham and many more. Inspection…

Postcards. An impressive album with a diverse range including…

Rare Postcards: A Diverse Collection of Impressive Memorabilia

Postcards. An impressive album with a diverse range including some rarities. Of note Aboriginal, Titanic, Great White Fleet, Australian towns, Camel teams, 1907 and 1908 Melbourne Cup, Prahran, Kyneton, Kalgoorlie, Gold Mining, Kilmore, Mining Disasters,…

Australian Postcards: An accumulation including Aboriginal…

Assorted Australian Postcards (90+)

Australian Postcards: An accumulation including Aboriginal subjects, American Fleet types, several J.A. Turners, Swain & Co., T. Willmett & Son North Queensland Railway and Mining types, Nellie Stewart cards by Harcourt McGuffie, Hobart; street scenes,…

Postcards: A small collection of (13) mainly real photo cards,…

Early 1900s Real Photo Postcard Collection

Postcards: A small collection of (13) mainly real photo cards, circa 1905-10, with subjects including 'Aboriginals & Canoe' by Cooper, 'The First Cobbs' Coach Imported from America, Delivering H.M. Mails to the Natives at Coranderrk.', 'Crossing the…

Postcards: Aboriginal Subjects, collection of (43) real photo…

Aboriginal Postcard Collection from early 1900s

Postcards: Aboriginal Subjects, collection of (43) real photo cards, circa 1905-10, almost all postally used and the subjects mainly from identified locations: Queensland (5), South Australia (2), Tasmania (2), Victoria (10), Western Australia (14), and…

Postcards including Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, Aborigines, Singer…

Vintage Postcard Collection Featuring Various Themes

Postcards including Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, Aborigines, Singer Sewing Machine, Viceroy Tea, S.T. Gill, real photograph, novelty and others (68 items)

Albert Namatjira: Two sets of six colour postcards of the…

Namatjira's Hermannsburg Landscapes Postcards (2nd & 3rd Series)

Albert Namatjira: Two sets of six colour postcards of the artist's Hermannsburg landscapes, 2nd and 3rd series in original covers, circa 1950s, 11 x 16 cm

Two early photographs of Aborigines, depicted with a dugong,…

Early Aboriginal Photographs and Postcards

Two early photographs of Aborigines, depicted with a dugong, from the north West Scientific & Exploration Syndicate WA, and a portrait, from W. Norton, Sydney, together with early postcards

Collection of Brisbane Studio portrait photographs and…

Brisbane Studio Portraits and Rare Aboriginal Elder Photograph

Collection of Brisbane Studio portrait photographs and postcards, including a rare photograph of Mr and Mrs Logan depicting Aboriginal elders

Postcards: Interesting collection of cards including Australian…

Diverse Postcard Collection: 350+ Cards

Postcards: Interesting collection of cards including Australian real photographs, New Zealand, Fry's Cocoa, Golliwogg, ships, Aboriginal, Great War tanks, French, English, Continental and others, inspection will reward, (350+ cards)

Two postcards, one Scarce Daisy. M. Bates postcard 'Native Camp…

Rare Postcard Pair: Bates' Beagle Bay & 1915 Rose Series

Two postcards, one Scarce Daisy. M. Bates postcard 'Native Camp at Beagle Bay', together with a 1915/16 Rose Series postcard

Collection of vintage and antique postcards including real…

Vintage Postcard Collection including Rosebud and Aboriginals

Collection of vintage and antique postcards including real photograph street scenes of Rosebud and Dromana, Aboriginals, aviation, Roses Series, Olinda, Monbulk, country towns etc. Inspection will reward. (220+ cards)

Album of postcards including Australian country towns, Louis…

Snapshot Australia: Postcards and Photographs

Album of postcards including Australian country towns, Louis Wain, real photograph Aboriginals, 'Coakley's Royal Hotel Daylesford', the Australian Cricket Team etc. 110+ items

Album of vintage postcards including Aborigines, real…

Vintage Postcard Collection: Aborigines, Portland, Advertising & More

Album of vintage postcards including Aborigines, real photographs of Portland, advertising etc. Well worth inspection.

An impressive early 20th century post card album featuring…

World Tour Postcard Album, 1907

An impressive early 20th century post card album featuring approx 950 postcards of a world trip which encompasses Australia, New Zealand, Ceylon, America, Canada, United Kingdom, also with signed Maggie Papakura postcards, the last Aboriginals of Tasmania…

C1910-80s postcards in album, noted two nice real photo…

Victorian Postcard Album with Aborigines and Country Towns

C1910-80s postcards in album, noted two nice real photo postcards of Aborigines at Bairnsdale 1912; some nice scenes of Victorian country towns. Fair/G condition. (94 items). E x 1930s speedway champion Frank Apted.

Attractive group of postcards; noted themes, Aboriginal,…

Rare Postcards: Aboriginal, Aviation, Advertising & More

Attractive group of postcards; noted themes, Aboriginal, advertising, aviation 'Walsh Bros Seaplane Flying Over Auckland Harbour C1916', Mabel Lucy Attwell etc. Some very rare cards. (73 items)

Postcard Album. Over 100 cards (early 20th century), English,…

Early 20th Century Postcard Album

Postcard Album. Over 100 cards (early 20th century), English, Japanese, French and Australian. Noted Aboriginals (2), London Exhibition 1908, Cricket 'M.M.C. Australian 1907-8 Team'. Housed in a period album. (100+)

Australian Aborigines: album of c1900-70s postcards (87) and…

Aboriginal Postcards and Photos (c1900-70s)

Australian Aborigines: album of c1900-70s postcards (87) and photographs (2). Mainly G/VG. (89 items)

Postcards, Northern Territory and Aboriginal subjects: real…

Northern Territory Postcards with Aboriginal Subjects

Postcards, Northern Territory and Aboriginal subjects: real photo postcards including Aboriginal women 'Driving' a Ford car (c.1909 - G.M. Nixon, Perth); 'Queen of her Tribe' (Jolley, Melb. C1909); Christ church, Darwin; Albert Namatjira and N.T. Scenes;…