- Museum number
Boomerang of wood.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1844)
Height: 66.60 centimetres
Width: 15.20 centimetres
Depth: 1.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Christy collection registration slip description, probably written in the 1860s:
'Port Jackson, N.S. Wales
Boomerang. Wood length 2 ft 2 ½ in. Width in the middle 2 ⅜ in tapering towards the ends. It is made of light brown wood & is convex on both sides. The surfaces are scraped smooth.
The Arley Castle reference indicates that this object was acquired from the sale of the contents of Arley Castle, Staffordshire, the property of Earl of Mountnorris, Viscount Valentia, which was held by Messrs Farebrother, Clark and Lye, 6th-21st December, 1852.
In the catalogue for the sale, Lot 291 was described as 'Two Boombrangs [sic], two Clubs and a Patipau'.
Handwritten in ink in centre of boomerang on one side:
Bumerang. New South Wales.
[in another hand]: 'Port Jackson' in black ink.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- It appears this object was acquired by Henry Christy from the Arley Castle collection sale in December 1852. After Christy's death in 1865 it came into the British Museum's collections as part of the Christy Collection bequest.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc186?C1.978 (old CDMS no.)