About this object

This is a rare twined bag from Tasmania. Aboriginal people in Tasmania used such bags for purposes such as holding food or possessions. The Aboriginal population in Tasmania diminished rapidly after the British invaded their lands, beginning in 1803 near present day Hobart. Many Aborigines were shot or died from introduced diseases. Bags such as this are part of the precious heritage of today’s Aboriginal people of Tasmania.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Australia: Tasmania
  • Date made
    1927 before
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Oceania: Australia: Tasmania
  • Date collected
    1939 before
  • Measurements
    346 mm x 210 mm x 150 mm
  • Note
    Twined basketry dilly bag, damaged.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1927-10-07
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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