- Museum number
Drawing; two Tasmanian Aboriginal catamarans or canoes.
- Production date
- 1830s (?)
Height: 24.50 centimetres
Width: 22 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Listed in MS145 in the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) 'Catalogue of Drawings, Paintings, and other objects of an Ethnological nature', item 34A: 'Drawing of two Tasmanian catamarans or floats. The catalogue is the list of material Davis acquired from G.A. Robinson's widow.
Robinson's journal of 27 June 1831:
'Wooraddy manufactured several rush catamarans. In constructing those aquatic machines from this material a difference is observed from that constructed of the bark of the tea tree and stringy bark; the former have five layers whilst the latter have only three. The rush is quite dry and is the same which they eat. Those catamarans are very ingenious contrivances'. [illust]. Footnote 187 in Plomley, Friendly Mission 2nd ed. p.497, notes that 'the stringybark catamaran of three layers is called toil.lin.ne, and the broad rush catamaran of five layers py.er.re.'
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- This drawing was amongst the material Franks acquired at the sale of J B Davis' estate in early 1883. It was one of a series of drawings, prints, paintings and ethnographic objects relating to Australia which J B Davis purchased in 1867 from Rose Robinson, G A Robinson's widow.
In the Sotheby's sale of the Davis collection in 1883, Lot 32 was bought by Franks and was described as '8 water-colour drawings, 6 portraits, canoe and group of Natives of Tasmania'.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 34a (Davis Catalogue MS 145 RAI 1867)
Miscellaneous number: Oc2006-Drg81-Ano