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2009/3/5 Double bass bow, wood / metal / ebony, made by Archibald Hill, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, probably 1905-1915. Click to enlarge.

Double bass bow made by Archibald Hill

The Powerhouse Museum's collection of Australian made violins and other bowed string instruments is without parallel. It features some of Australia's earliest and leading makers from the 1850s to the present day such as John Devereux, William Dow, AW Heaps, AE Smith, William Dolphin, Guy Aubrey Griffin and Harry Vatiliotis. Although many have followed established European traditions some makers have also adapted to the local environment by incorporating the use of local timbers or other design …


Object No.


Object Statement

Double bass bow, wood / metal / ebony, made by Archibald Hill, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, probably 1905-1915

Physical Description

Double bass bow with wooden stick, possibly made from pine, which has a modern head. The bow has an ebony frog which is designed to hold a decorative eye and a rectangular slide, both of which are missing. At the very end of the bow is a metal button which is shaped like the end of violin tuning peg. The bow is not fitted with hair.


No marks.



50 mm


22 mm



Made by Archibald Hill in Ballarat, Victoria probably between 1905-1915.



Archibald Hill is known to have made several bows and instruments in Australia without formal training during the early part of the twentieth century. He later travelled to the USA and received formal training there, embarking on a successful career as a maker. Hill made this bow for Hector Jones of Ballarat. The bow was collected by the donor.


Credit Line

Gift of Lennox Holt, 2009

Acquisition Date

13 January 2009

Cite this Object


Double bass bow made by Archibald Hill 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 5 June 2023, <>


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