- Museum number
Club, with a pointed end and a roughened grip, made of wood.
- Production date
- early 19thC (before 1832)
Height: 63.50 centimetres
Width: 2.10 centimetres
Depth: 2.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Wooden club in form of a pointed stick with roughened grip.
Information in observations column:
"Mr Jas. Backhouse" "Tasmania"
Used for hunting wallaby. Obtd in 1832 from natives at Flinders Id.
Backhouse notes on 15 October 1832: 'The chief instrument used in the chase by these people, is a Waddy, a short stick about an inch in thickness, brought suddently to a conical point at each end, and at one end a little roughened, to keep it from slipping out of the hand. this they throw with a rotary motion, and with great precision." And on 16 October 1832: "After a receiving few waddies and some shell necklaces from the natives, and making them presents in return, we took leave of them, and went back to the cutter, at Green Island, where we went on shore."
- 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
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- "Purchased from the Treasurer of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society Museum, York."
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number