Aboriginal boomerang acquired at Ooldea, South Australia, by stage performer Herbert Browne as he travelled by train to Western Australia.

A curved asymmetrical wooden boomerang with residual red and white pigmentation. The convex upper surface is covered with longitudinal grooves, and the flat underside with adze marks. It has a small hole drilled through the middle. There is some fine cracking on both surfaces, and both of the tips are chipped. The flat surface has a long crack from the tip almost to the midpoint.


  • Title: Aboriginal boomerang
  • Date: 1920s
  • Location: Ooldea, South Australia, Australia
  • Material: Wood, Pigment
  • Dimensions: L 720mm x W 140mm x H 10mm
  • Collection: Daisy Bates and Herbert Browne collection National Museum of Australia

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