About this object

The Swan River Colony was a British settlement formed in 1829, in the region now known as Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Many British and Irish people immigrated to Swan River in the hope of obtaining land. The region of Swan River is part of the lands of the Nyoongar people. They knew their lands intimately and used objects such as boomerangs to hunt animals for food. Boomerangs were often thrown to hit birds or small animals for food. This boomerang was obtained by Mr Charles Brown and was in Norwich Castle Museum until it came to Liverpool in 1956.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Aboriginal
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Australia: Western Australia: River Swan
  • Date made
    1845 before
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Charles Brown
  • Place collected
    Oceania: Australia: Western Australia: River Swan
  • Date collected
    1845 before
  • Measurements
    8 mm x 48 mm x 460 mm
  • Note
    Semi-circular wooden boomerang. Label on object reads 'Boomerang from the Swan River. Presented by Mr Charles Brown.'
  • Related people
    Charles Brown ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Charles Brown

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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