Bag made of string.
- Found/Acquired: Victoria (?)
- Width: 49.7 centimetres (appx)
- Height: 43.7 centimetres
Found un-numbered in the Ethnographic Department's collections in 1981. It was identified as being from the J.Barnard Davis collection. AW Franks presented material from Davis' collection to the British Museum at various times during the 1880s and 1890s. He had acquired it from the sale of Davis' estate in January 1883.An old handwritten label attached to bag:
"JB Davis Coll."In 1981, when registered in the Q series, this bag was attributed as coming from Tasmania, on the basis that the majority of the other Australian objects in the JB Davis collection had been collected by G.A Robinson, an active collector of Tasmanian Aboriginal material - Davis purchased this material from Rose Robinson, GA Robinson's widow, in 1865. However the Tasmanian attribution for this bag appears to be incorrect, as no net bags are known to have been made in Tasmania. If the bag was collected by GA Robinson, it is most likely to have come from Victoria, where Robinson was Chief Protector of Aborigines in Port Phillip Protectorate between 1839 and 1849.
- Collected by: George Augustus Robinson (? - Possibly part of the collection acquired by GA Robinson during his time as Chief Protector of)
- From: Barnard Davis (If collected by GA Robinson, this would have been of the bags included in the series of drawings.)
- Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (? - During the 1880s and 1890s AW Franks presented a number of Australian Aboriginal objects to the)
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Object reference number: EOC29919
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