B & W photograph

Registration number
Item name
B & W photograph 
Indigenous name
Associated cultural group
Australia > Australia > Queensland > South east Queensland > Kilcoy
Dr L. P. Winterbotham 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1950 
Acquisition method
Purchased from Dr L. P. Winterbotham 
H: W: 145 mm L: 385 mm D: Circum:


Black and white photograph of a man holding a narrow shield in his left hand standing in a bush setting. The photograph is mounted on a board approximately 155 x 390mm. Hand coloured and captioned: MUNINGBURRUM. THE HEAD OF THE FOUR TRIBES COMPRISING THE JINIBARRA. On the reverse on the cardboard backing, in LP Winterbotham's handwriting: 'Shell in this suspended + opposum skin necklet [???] oposum band all forehead.'

Research notes

"Muningburrum. The head of four tribes comprising the Jinibara (written on it). These colours serve to indicate in diagramatic style the dresses that were used by the natives on various ceremonial and other occasions. The first indicating the Dungidau part of the Jinibara tribe and this figure shows the appropriate painting for the Muninburrum or head of that tribe (occ). Shield in this suspended and opossum skin necklet - thick band. Opossum band all forehead (written on back)" [catalogue card note].

Part of a series of photographs, numbered 32482 to 32509, of the same Aboriginal man (supplied by UQ Photography Dept), some of which were hand coloured by UQ artist to indicate body decoration, presumably based on information / pastel drawings by Dr Winterbotham's Waka Waka informant, Willie MacKenzie (Gaiarbau). A notation on the back of 32483 [7571] indicates that the man featured is Willie Barney. A number were originally mounted in sets (former registration numbers 7566 to 7572].

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