- Registration number
- Item name
- Throwing stick
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Australia > Australia > Queensland > South east Queensland > Deebing Creek, Ipswich
- Acquisition date
- October 26, 1967
- Acquisition method
- Bequest from Father Leo Hayes
- Raw material
- H: W: 572 mm L: 250 mm D: 12 mm Circum:
Curved boomerang with pointed extremities - measuring 570mm between these 'nipples'. Carved completely on both sides. One side: Central panel of two boxers facing each other as to fight, and the words: Jeffries and and Johnson. Extending towards the ends, on both sides, are panels consisting of crowds of people who are watching the boxing. On the right hand side, there are two men in uniform, with slouch hats, closest to the boxers. At the very ends there is a 'basketweave' pattern. On the reverse is a central panel of a woman riding on horseback, possibly side-saddle. On one left side of this panel there are a number of people who appear to be climbing a long pole, and underneath the figures are carved the words 'Deebing Creek'. On the other side of the central panel various artefacts have been carved: shield, boomerang, club, hafted axe and dilly bag; as well as a person with a headdress. On either end a flower with leaves has been carved.
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'written on the body' curated by Judy Watson and Diana Young, March - August 2014. The throwing stick made 1910 - 1914 is also part of the series 'What do Objects want? The face of humanity in the UQ Anthropology Museum', an online exhibition.
Deebing Creek was a mission in the Ipswich region, relocated to Purga in 1914. Part of the design depicts the boxers Jack Johnson and James Jeffries in “The Fight of the Century” held in Reno, Nevada on the 4th of July 1910. The victory of African-American Johnson over white Jeffries was reported to have triggered race riots in the United States.
In 1967 the University of Queensland received an extensive collection of items from Father Leo Hayes, including manuscripts and books. The bequest of around 100,000 items also includes ethnographic material, which is held at the Anthropology Museum.
“On 26 October 1967 at 3pm a ceremony took place in the Darnell Art Gallery at the St Lucia campus. Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Sir Fred Schonell, accepted the material on behalf of the University” [One Man's Gift: The Father Leo Hayes Collection, UQ Library website; Fryer Folio Dec 2007, Vol 2 #2,].