- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Sam Rollands
- Associated cultural group
- Australia > Australia > Queensland > South east Queensland > Moongalba, Stradbroke Island
- Mr Paul Tripcony
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1979
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Miss Stacey Tripcony
- Raw material
- timber, varnish, colour pencil
- H: W: 140 mm L: 400 mm D: 12 mm Circum:
Carved wood bobbin; flat with two long edges and four narrow sections; inside edges bear writing in blue pencil: Sam Rollands Moongalba and Dugong Net Needle; flat surface bears same writing: Moongalba. Registration number 24282 marked with pen and tag.
This bobbin or needle was used by Sam Rollands to make nets for catching dugong (Zung-un), using six coils of rope. Nets were set during winter months. With the first catch of the season, it was the custom to give each family a piece of beef. This gesture preserved a relic of Aboriginal tradition when the whole tribe equally shared the food (extract from P Tripcony, 'History of Moongalba", unpublished). Sam Rollands was the mission policeman at Myora and was recognised as an expert dugong hunter. He gave this needle to his nephew, Paul Tripcony, in 1930.
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'written on the body' curated by Judy Watson and Diana Young, March - August 2014. Quandamooka people.