- Registration number
- Item name
- Throwing stick
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Australia > Australia > Queensland > Cape York region
- Acquisition date
- October 26, 1967
- Acquisition method
- Bequest from Father Leo Hayes
- Raw material
- wood, ochre, cane
- H: 430 mm W: 434 mm L: D: Circum:
Carved throwing stick made with two pieces of wood crossed and bound together at the centre with cane; each stick is ochred white with red spots and red ochre at each end; Tyrrell's Museum tag attached. Registration number 10987 marked with pen and tag.
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'written on the body' curated by Judy Watson and Diana Young, March - August 2014.
Cross-shaped boomerangs are generally associated with north Queensland. This one bears a label from Tyrrell’s Museum, the collection of James Robert Tyrrell in Sydney. Tyrrell was known as a bookseller and art dealer, he also did trade in ethnographic objects. The label attached to this item gives the address of Tyrrell's Museum as "143 Castlereagh Street (between Market and Park Sts) SYDNEY", its trading address from 1914 to 1935.
Reference: W. S. Ramson, 'Tyrrell, James Robert (1875–1961)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/tyrrell-james-robert-8894/text15623, published first in hardcopy 1990