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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Two Australian Aboriginal woomera, one with 'Department of Native Welfare' label. Length 73 cm and 69 cm

An Aboriginal woomera, in leaf form with notch intact, Central Australia, 87 cm

An early Aboriginal woomera, with original peg secured with kangaroo gut binding, one side profusely carved with incised design, inscribed verso: 'A King 2/3 Field Regiment', with original spinifex resin terminus to handle, Western New South Wales,

An Aboriginal woomera, finely incised, curvy linear design to one side, spinifex resin terminus and wooden peg bound with kangaroo gut, Central Australia. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, length 72 cm

Aboriginal spear thrower. Broad acacia body with resin pommel and sinew bound peg. Length 58 cm

Aboriginal early spear thrower. Smooth hardwood shaft with string & resin mounted peg. Handle has incised decoration. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 89 cm

Two fine West Australian Woomeras, [2], both finely incised over the entire front surface, one with zig zag designs and the other abstract designs and possibly a snake (or rainbow serpent) motif. Both have peg at top intact and old use patina. Provenance:

Early 20th century Aboriginal woomera. Tooth-carved Eastern Australian hardwood with sinew bound tooth & resin pommel. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection, length 85 cm

A Cape York woomera an exceptional early spear thrower of wood, resin and shell. Aurukun people, Queensland. Length 83 cm

Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Thrower with leaf-shaped flat springboard. Front entirely covered with linear grooved carving, using zigzag and parallel motif. Stone tooled finish. Rich brown patina. Height 55 cm. Width 17 cm

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

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

An old woomera West Australia (peg missing at top) and an old Central Australian woomera 69 cm & 81 cm

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

Two incised spearthrowers (woomera), Western Australia (nineteenth century), carved wood, resin and kangaroo sinew, 64 cm; 66.7 cm high (2). Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

An early and incised spearthrower (womera), South East Australia, carved hardwood, 83 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

An early spearthrower (womera), South East Australia (early-mid nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 75.2 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

A spearthrower (womera), South East Australia (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, resin and kangaroo gut, 66.8 cm high. Provenance: The Tom McCourt Collection. By descent. Private Collection, Melbourne

A spearthrower (womera), South East Australia (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 75.2 cm high. Provenance: The Tom McCourt Collection. By descent. Private Collection, Melbourne

A rare spearthrower (womera), coastal New South Wales (nineteenth century), carved wood, 68.7 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom. Private Collection, Melbourne. For related examples from the same region see;. Carol Cooper, et al., Aborigina

A rare spearthrower (womera), South Australia (early nineteenth century), carved wood, resin and native twine, 58 cm high. Provenance: The Major Hasson Collection, United States of America. Brunks Auctions, North Carolina, 20 July 2002. Private Collection,

An Australian Aboriginal woomera with painted & pokerwork decoration

Six Aboriginal artefacts. Adze with incised decoration; spear thrower; club; carved board; & two pointing sticks. Length 60 cm (adze)

Woomera, in classic leaf form with spinefex resin grip, containing a quartz inplement. Central Australia Ex-Frank slip collection. Frank slip was a long-time friend of Geoffrey Bardon and travelled with him through Central Australia visiting Aboriginal com

Two Aboriginal artefacts. Woomera and boomerang. Lengths 35 cm and 25 cm

Woomera. Hardwood with finely incised curvilinear design to one face, wooden peg attached with kangaroo gut binding. Minor damage. Provenance: Paquim collection. Acquired by Joe Paquim, a former US submariner who returned to Western Australia after World W

Aboriginal woomera of broad form with incised pattern and wooden peg affixed with kangaroo gut binding. Central Australia. 82 cm

Australian Aboriginal hardwood woomera with pokerwork snake design

An early West Australian spear-thrower. 72 cm long. Provenance: The Holt collection no 660

Aboriginal Western Desert hardwood woomera, c.1930's, incised zigzag decoration to one side, traces of red ochre, nice patina, spinifex resin handle, (lacking tip hook). Length 60 cm. note: Owner recalls collected from Marble Bar 1950's

Spear Throwers (3), from WA/Central Australia, includes one with stone chip bonded in natural gum at end

Australian hardwood woomera with carvings of Australian wildlife

Aboriginal boomerangs & woomera. Mulga boomerangs with animals on incised background. Womera has pyrographed decoration, sinew bound peg & natural resin terminal. Length 54 cm (boomerang)

Five Aboriginal carved Artifacts, including woomera, hollow carrier, clapstick, snake & boomerang. Pyrograph decorated. Length 85 cm (woomera)