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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Bag made of vegetable fibre.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC (before 1879)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 33 centimetres
    • Height: 43 centimetres
    • Depth: 2 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    "The largest bag of the stiffer grass is a 'dilly bag' & the native name of the plant is 'boombi'. The plant grows on the ridges round here & is not uncommon." From a letter sent to Prof A Liversidge by Mary Bundock, written at the Wyangarie Station in the Richmond River District, dated 8 October 1879. Contained in Ethdoc 921.Looped and knotted bags were made on the east coast of Australia from the Richmond River area north to Moreton Bay. Basket-makers worked with the colour of the rushes – deeper near the stem – to great effect. These baskets are no longer produced, and there is only one known photograph of people with this type of bag.British Museum Register, 1928, Observations column: 'Made by the last woman of the TARAMPA tribe, QUEENSLAND. See letter of Oct. 8. 1879 (and label I. England. Feby. 1873")'.


  • Bibliography

    • National Museum of Australia 2015 p.33, p.121 bibliographic details
    • Bolton 2011 p.44 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    1972-1982 23 Jun-28 Feb, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, The Aborigines of Australia
    2011 26 May-11 Sep, London, BM, G91, Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories
    2015-2016 27 Nov-28 Mar, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Encounters

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number



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