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Message stick made of wood (pine) with zigzag incised line on both sides.
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Length: 13.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- ‘Message stick of the Dalleburra tribe, Narkool, (the name of their general camping ground round a waterhole of the same name on Lower Hill Creek, which is the main source of the Thomson River, Queensland, Latitude 20o S longitude 144o E) Mitchell District, North Queensland (Carved from imported pine).
Translation of the message stick “Me want ‘em walkabout. When me finish ‘em walkabout along a bush, me come back.’ [Notes written in 1901 by Robert Christison - from Ethdoc 903].
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1972-1982 23 Jun-28 Feb, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, The Aborigines of Australia
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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