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Message stick of wood (pine), cylindrical, carved with longitudinal lines of zigzag and notches, infilled with charcoal and emu fat.
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Length: 12 centimetres
Thickness: 0.80 centimetres
Width: 1 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- ‘Message stick of Dalleburra tribe, Narkool, Lower Hill Creek, Mitchell District, North Queensland. (Carved from imported pine by Mickey, an old man of the class Woonga of the Dalleburra tribe. The notches have been filled with charcoal and emu-fat). Translation of the message stick as rendered by Mickey. “Mickey want ‘em two fellow coat, hat and shirt” (In the languages of the Australian aboriginals there is no inflexion of nouns to denote plural, consequently they always use the singular form when speaking English, even when using the noun in the plural sense).’ [Notes written in 1901 by Robert Christison - from Ethdoc 903].
- 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
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- Acquisition notes
- Christison acquired this collection of 20 objects from his Lammermoor station in Queensland’s Mitchell District. At the time he donated them to the British Museum, he described them as ‘Weapons of the Dalleburra tribe whose chief camping ground was round the waterhole Narkool on Lower Tower Hill Creek, which is the main source of the Thomson River, Queensland, Latitude 20o S longitude 144o E’ (Ethdoc 903).
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