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Aboriginal Collection

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Captain James Cook taking possession of New South Wales in the name of the British Crown, 1770

Captain James Cook taking possession of New South Wales in the name of the British Crown, 1770. James Cook (1728-1779), English explorer, navigator and hydrographer, made three voyages of discovery

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Glenelg, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Glenelg, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Glenelg, 1901. Glenelg, a suburb of Adelaide on Holdfast Bay in Gulf St Vincent, established 1836, the oldest European settlement on mainland South Australia

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Arunta tribesmen of central Australia preparing a new corroboree, 1922. Artist: Baldwin Spencer

Arunta tribesmen of central Australia preparing a new corroboree, 1922. Artist: Baldwin Spencer
Arunta tribesmen of central Australia preparing a new corroboree, 1922. For indigenous Australians, the corroboree comes closest to a modern concept of theatre

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Casket presented to the Princess of Wales by the ladies of New South Wales, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Casket presented to the Princess of Wales by the ladies of New South Wales, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Casket presented to the Princess of Wales by the ladies of New South Wales, 1864. Engraving from a photograph by Mr. Hetzen, published in the Sydney Morning Herald, of a...beautiful casket

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Group of Aboriginal People, Lake Tyers, Victoria, Australia, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Group of Aboriginal People, Lake Tyers, Victoria, Australia, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Group of Aboriginal People, Lake Tyers, Victoria, Australia, 1901. Lake Tyers Mission was established in 1863 on the shore of Lake Tyers in Victorias Gippsland region following decades of conflict

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Australian corobboree at Coollaminga; A ride across the frontier of Victoria, 1875

Australian corobboree at Coollaminga; A ride across the frontier of Victoria, 1875. Creator: Philip A. Eagle
Australian corobboree at Coollaminga; A ride across the frontier of Victoria, 1875. From, Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London]

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Old Australian and his 'Gin.'; Incidents of Bush Life in Queensland, 1875. Creator: Unknown

Old Australian and his "Gin."; Incidents of Bush Life in Queensland, 1875. Creator: Unknown
Old Australian and his "Gin."; Incidents of Bush Life in Queensland, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Sketches in Australia - Mode of Climbing a Tree, 1857. Creator: Unknown

Sketches in Australia - Mode of Climbing a Tree, 1857. Creator: Unknown
Sketches in Australia - Mode of Climbing a Tree, 1857. Traditional Aboriginal skills. The native, having eyed well the inclination of the tree

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Sketches in Southern Australia - River Fall in the interior, 1857. Creator: Unknown

Sketches in Southern Australia - River Fall in the interior, 1857. Creator: Unknown
Sketches in Southern Australia - River Fall in the interior, 1857. View of...a specimen of the romantic river scenery of the interior of Australia; the cataract

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Sketches in Southern Australia - the Dead Emu, 1857. Creator: Unknown

Sketches in Southern Australia - the Dead Emu, 1857. Creator: Unknown
Sketches in Southern Australia - the Dead Emu, 1857. The taking of the Emu is a favourite sport of the aborigines: the emu is caught in very large nets, twenty yards long and five feet high

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Sketches in Western Australia - Culham, in the Upper Valley of the Swan, 1857. Creator: Unknown

Sketches in Western Australia - Culham, in the Upper Valley of the Swan, 1857. Creator: Unknown
Sketches in Western Australia - Culham, in the Upper Valley of the Swan, 1857. The upper valleys of the Swan and its tributaries are studded with thriving farms and settlements

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Aborigines of Western Australia, 1857. Creator: Unknown

Aborigines of Western Australia, 1857. Creator: Unknown
Aborigines of Western Australia, 1857. As the aboriginal tribes...disappear before the march of civilisation, it may be interesting to chronicle...a few of their peculiarities

Background imageAboriginal Collection: 'The Great Geological Wonder' of New South Wales, 1854. Creator: Unknown

"The Great Geological Wonder" of New South Wales, 1854. Creator: Unknown
"The Great Geological Wonder" of New South Wales, 1854. Unusual rock formation in Australia. The moon has lent her mystic influence to the scene

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Melbourne, the Capital of Port Phillip, 1850. Creator: Unknown

Melbourne, the Capital of Port Phillip, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Melbourne, the Capital of Port Phillip, 1850. In the foreground...are some specimens of the vegetation of the country; with a native wigwam, bundles of spears

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Aboriginal Australians - old and young man, daguerreotyped in Port Phillip by Mr. Kilburn, 1850

Aboriginal Australians - old and young man, daguerreotyped in Port Phillip by Mr. Kilburn, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Aboriginal Australians - old and young man, daguerreotyped in Port Phillip by Mr. Kilburn, 1850. It appears that Mr. Kilburn, the brother of the eminent Photographer, of Regent-street

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Aboriginal Australians - young men, daguerreotyped in Port Phillip by Mr. Kilburn, 1850

Aboriginal Australians - young men, daguerreotyped in Port Phillip by Mr. Kilburn, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Aboriginal Australians - young men, daguerreotyped in Port Phillip by Mr. Kilburn, 1850. Portrait of two young men, the one holding his waddy, or club of defence; the other

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Lubra, a young Australian Woman, 1850. Creator: Unknown

Lubra, a young Australian Woman, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Lubra, a young Australian Woman, 1850. Portrait of...a young woman, with her hunting spear. They tattoo themselves only to a limited extent...They wear sheep-skins, with the wool next the skin

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Adelaide, South Australia - from Hindley-Street, 1850. Creator: Unknown

Adelaide, South Australia - from Hindley-Street, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Adelaide, South Australia - from Hindley-Street, 1850. Hindley-street is the principal place of business, and here is to be observed all the bustle of a flourishing town

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Nivkh of Sakhalin, 1890. Creator: Ivan Nikolaevich Krasnov

Nivkh of Sakhalin, 1890. Creator: Ivan Nikolaevich Krasnov
Nivkh of Sakhalin, 1890. This photograph is from a collection consisting of an album and individual photographs preserved in the Aleksandrovsk Municipal History and Literature Museum "A.P

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Nivkh of Sakhalin, 1890. Creator: Ivan Nikolaevich Krasnov

Nivkh of Sakhalin, 1890. Creator: Ivan Nikolaevich Krasnov
Nivkh of Sakhalin, 1890. This photograph is from a collection consisting of an album and individual photographs preserved in the Aleksandrovsk Municipal History and Literature Museum "A.P

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Sofron, a Nivkh, 1890. Creator: Ivan Nikolaevich Krasnov

Sofron, a Nivkh, 1890. Creator: Ivan Nikolaevich Krasnov
Sofron, a Nivkh, 1890. This photograph is from a collection consisting of an album and individual photographs preserved in the Aleksandrovsk Municipal History and Literature Museum "A.P

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Indigenous People of West Australia, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Indigenous People of West Australia, 1901. Creator: Unknown
1901. From " Federated Australia". [The Werner Company, London, 1901]

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Boomerang, ca. 1969. Creator: Unknown

Boomerang, ca. 1969. Creator: Unknown
Boomerang, ca. 1969. This boomerang, an example of the " first aerodynamic shape conceived by man, " was presented in 1969 to NASA astronaut Michael Collins by the Australian Television

Background imageAboriginal Collection: South Australia, from Flags of All Nations, Series 2 (N10) for Allen &

South Australia, from Flags of All Nations, Series 2 (N10) for Allen &
South Australia, from Flags of All Nations, Series 2 (N10) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1890

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Robins Look-Out, Yeashire, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Robins Look-Out, Yeashire, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Robins Look-Out, Yeashire, 1901. The Shire of Yea, northeast of Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia was originally inhabited by the Taungurong people

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Group of Aboriginal Men, Queensland, Australia, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Group of Aboriginal Men, Queensland, Australia, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Group of Aboriginal Men, Queensland, Australia, 1901. From " Federated Australia". [The Werner Company, London, 1901]

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Native Sports, Lake Tyers, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Native Sports, Lake Tyers, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Native Sports, Lake Tyers, 1901. Lake Tyers also known as Bung Yarnda was an Aboriginal mission established in 1863 in Victorias Gippsland region. From " Federated Australia"

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Back Creek Falls, Buchan River, Victoria, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Back Creek Falls, Buchan River, Victoria, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Back Creek Falls, Buchan River, Victoria, 1901. Settlers first entered the area surrounding Buchan in the late 1830s. The Gunaikurnai people identify the land surrounding Buchan as their traditional

Background imageAboriginal Collection: A Winter Scene in New England, 1901. Creator: Unknown

A Winter Scene in New England, 1901. Creator: Unknown
A Winter Scene in New England, 1901. New England or New England North West, an undefined region in the north of New South Wales, occupied by Kamilaroi Indigenous Australians for thousands of years

Background imageAboriginal Collection: The Blue Mountains, 1901. Creator: Unknown

The Blue Mountains, 1901. Creator: Unknown
The Blue Mountains, 1901. Eucalyptus forests in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney in New South Wales, inhabited for millennia by the Gundungurra people. From " Federated Australia"

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Aboriginal woman with child, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Aboriginal woman with child, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Aboriginal woman with child, 1901. From " Federated Australia". [The Werner Company, London, 1901]

Background imageAboriginal Collection: In a Queensland Sugar Plantation, 1901. Creator: Unknown

In a Queensland Sugar Plantation, 1901. Creator: Unknown
In a Queensland Sugar Plantation, 1901. From " Federated Australia". [The Werner Company, London, 1901]

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Femme Australienne Chargee Des Armes De Son Mari, (Austrailan Woman with Husbands Weapons), 1900

Femme Australienne Chargee Des Armes De Son Mari, (Austrailan Woman with Husbands Weapons), 1900. From " Autour du Monde - Fascicule XLI". [L. Boulanger, Paris, 1900 ]

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Indigene Australien Arme Du Boumerang, (Aborigine armed with a Boomerang), 1900

Indigene Australien Arme Du Boumerang, (Aborigine armed with a Boomerang), 1900. From " Autour du Monde - Fascicule XLI". [L. Boulanger, Paris, 1900 ]

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Femme Australienne Portant Son Enfant, (Australian Woman Carrying her Child), 1900

Femme Australienne Portant Son Enfant, (Australian Woman Carrying her Child), 1900. From " Autour du Monde - Fascicule XLI". [L. Boulanger, Paris, 1900 ]

Background imageAboriginal Collection: New South Wales Aborigines - King Billy and his A. D. C. s, c1900. Creator: Unknown

New South Wales Aborigines - King Billy and his A. D. C. s, c1900. Creator: Unknown
New South Wales Aborigines - Jimmy Clements and his A.D.C. s, c1900. Jimmy Clements (c1847 -1927) was an Aboriginal elder from the Wiradjuri tribe in Australia

Background imageAboriginal Collection: An Affray with the Natives, 1923. Creator: Unknown

An Affray with the Natives, 1923. Creator: Unknown
An Affray with the Natives, 1923. From " Australia, New Zealand and Oceania in Pictures", by H. Clive Barnard, M.A. Blitt. [A. & C. Black, Limited, London, 1923]

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Aborigines of Australia, 1879. Artist: McFarlane and Erskine

Aborigines of Australia, 1879. Artist: McFarlane and Erskine
Aborigines of Australia, 1879. A print from The History of Australasia, by David Blair, McGrady, Thomson, and Niven, 1879

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Medicine man of the Worgaia, central Australia, 1922

Medicine man of the Worgaia, central Australia, 1922. From Peoples of All Nations, Their Life Today and the Story of Their Past, volume I: Abyssinia to the British Empire

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Blackfellow Mending His Net, Australia, 1886

Blackfellow Mending His Net, Australia, 1886. An aboriginal man repairing his net. Wood engraving from Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, Vol II, by Andrew Garran

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Native Troopers Dispersing A Camp, Australia, 1886. Artist: Frank P Mahony

Native Troopers Dispersing A Camp, Australia, 1886. Artist: Frank P Mahony
Native Troopers Dispersing A Camp, Australia, 1886. An aboriginal man being chased away from his camp during the colonisation of Australia

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Australian Aborigine bark painting

Australian Aborigine bark painting

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Australian Aboriginal bark-painting of a Dugong

Australian Aboriginal bark-painting of a Dugong from Arnheim-Land

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Australian aborigines butchering a kangaroo, 1885-1888

Australian aborigines butchering a kangaroo, 1885-1888. A family of New South Wales natives butchering the spoils of their hunting expedition, preparatory to cooking

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Tatkanna seized a fire-stick and made off, 1923. Artist: Raymond Wenban

Tatkanna seized a fire-stick and made off, 1923. Artist: Raymond Wenban
Tatkanna seized a fire-stick and made off, 1923. How fire was stolen from the red-crested cockatoo. From Some Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines by WJ Thomas, 1923

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Mirram crept silently to the gunyah, 1923. Artist: Raymond Wenban

Mirram crept silently to the gunyah, 1923. Artist: Raymond Wenban
Mirram crept silently to the gunyah, 1923. How the kangaroo got a long tail, and the wombat a flat forehead; Mirram the kangaroo creeping into Warreen the wombats tent to punish him for his

Background imageAboriginal Collection: Rolla-Mano determined to capture them, 1923. Artist: Raymond Wenban

Rolla-Mano determined to capture them, 1923. Artist: Raymond Wenban
Rolla-Mano determined to capture them, 1923. How the stars were made; Rolla-Mano, the old man of the sea, determines to capture two women he sees in a mangrove swamp

Background imageAboriginal Collection: When the strange-looking blackfellows were close to him, Yoonecara released the bandicoot, 1923

When the strange-looking blackfellows were close to him, Yoonecara released the bandicoot, 1923. The adventurous journey of Yoonecara the headman; Yoonecara, head of the Kamilaroi tribe



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