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2013/23/15 Boomerang, Indigenous Australian, maker not recorded, New South Wales, Australia, 1520-1795. Click to enlarge.


    This boomerang is a significant example of the use of materials by Indigenous Australians. It is unusual in that it was found sometime around the mid-twentieth century under about 10.5 metres of earth during the excavations to extend the sewage outlet, 30.5 metres east of Bunnerong Road, in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. This suggests it may be of great antiquity and is perhaps one of the oldest surviving boomerangs found in New South Wales. A steel reinforcing collar has been attached to the …


    Object No.


    Object Statement

    Boomerang, Indigenous Australian, maker not recorded, New South Wales, Australia, 1520-1795

    Physical Description

    Boomerang, Indigenous Australian, found east of Bunnerong Road, Hillsdale, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, collected circa 1931



    160 mm



    This object is part of the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) collection which was donated to the Powerhouse Museum in 1981. It was located inder 35 feet of earth east of Bunnerong Road, during excavations to extend the Sydney Sewage system. The RAHS number is 360. It was donated to the RAHS by Charles Henry Bertie, who retired as Sydney City Librarian in 1939.


    Credit Line

    Gift of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 1981

    Acquisition Date

    24 February 2013

    Cite this Object


    Boomerang 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 3 February 2023, <>


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