- Museum number
Boomerang of pale brown wood, much twisted, flat on one face.
- Production date
- 19thc (before 1839)
Height: 69.50 centimetres
Width: 13.90 centimetres
Depth: 2.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Registration slip states: 'Australia' added in different handwriting '?Victoria'.
'No. 7 An Australian Boomerang'.
Mitchell was fascinated by the dynamics of the boomerang and designed a propellor for ships based on the boomerang. In his publication 'Origin, History and Description of the Bomerang (sic) Propellor', London, T. & W. Boone, 1853, he describes and illustrates a boomerang which hit him on the knee on the banks of the Murray River. This may be that boomerang.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 23 Apr-2 Aug, London, BM, G35, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation
2015-2016 27 Nov-28 Mar, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Encounters
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number