These fragments of a tobbacco pipe were excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. The style of these pipes is known as a 'Squatters Own Budgeree' or a 'Squatter's Bungaree' due to the scenes depicted on the bowl. This style of pipe was made after 1838.

A pipeful of tobacco was long-lasting and its aroma disguised the stench of Melbourne's streets. The short clay pipe favoured by working men was called a 'cutty'. Being made of brittle clay, these pipes broke easily, explaining the abundance of fragments uncovered at Little Lon. Of the pipes excavated, many were decorated with slogans, patriotic symbols, even jokes and caricatures, hinting at the identities of those who smoked them.

Physical Description

Clay tobacco pipe stem and bowl Bowl has detailed scene, on both sidesMan on island smoking pipe, man and woman (?) fighting The two fighting figures are depictions of Aborigines, and there is a contrast between the wealthy and comfortable squatter

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