Collection of Boomerangs from Australia

Collection of boomerangs from Australia, late 19th century
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Collection of Boomerangs from Australia, late 19th century

The boomerang is one of Australia’s most unique and distinctive emblems. This collection comes from the family’s trip to Australia in 1885 and through later donations to the museum. The boomerangs are displayed, similarly to how they were displayed in Annie and Merton’s bedroom at the Royal Bath Hotel (see photograph in this room book’s Introduction).

Employed primarily in hunting and warfare, boomerangs were specialised throwing sticks, designed to strike the target and fall to the ground. Some are designed to return to the thrower, but the vast majority are not. The main technological secret of the boomerang is not its curve, but the surface shape of its arms.

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