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Child's axe made of stone, wood (willow), gum (beefwood).
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Length: 24.20 centimetres
Width: 6.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
'Tomahawk (koocha) made for a child to play with by Barney, a Kobiberry (i.e. wise man of the class Kobero of the Dalleburra tribe). The handles of tomahawks were made of an indigenous willow, and the stones which were obtained from the Mungooburras of the Cape River ranges, were ground to an edge on a rough stone, and gummed inside the handle with the gum of the pandy (beefwood tree). (Twigs of pandy were placed crosswise over smouldering charcoal so that the pale yellow sap, which by this process was turned to a sooty black, oozed out and gathered on the bark, when it was collected, and, whilst hot and ductile, hammered out with a stone. It was kept by in lumps and heated when required. It was usually mixed with beeswax, as if it was used alone - as in the case of this tomahawk - it all crumbled away very soon). Tomahawks were used chiefly for making weapons and for cutting wild honey and opossums out of trees.' [Notes written in 1901 by Robert Christison - from Ethdoc 903].
Registration slip description, written in 1901?:
Axe ("koocha") with partially round head of dark green stone passed through the loop of a double handle of willow wood which is bound in two places to keep it firm.
Made for a child of the Dalleburra tribe by "Barney" a Kobiberry a wise man. The stones for axes were obtained from the Mungooburras of the Cape River Ranges, and were fixed in the handle by gum from the pandy a beefwood tree. To make this gum twigs or pandy wood were placed crosswise over smouldering charcoal until the yellow sap oozed out and blackened. It was then hammered into lumps while still ductile and stored for use.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011-2014 Jun-Jun, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Landmarks: People and Places across Australia
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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