Summary

Boomerang shaped spearthrowers are only known from the area of Bloomfield River in the wet tropics zone that is today referred to as the 'Daintree'. A Lutheran mission was established on the Bloomfield River in 1887, however when it closed in 1901, Kuuku Yalangi remained on their country refusing to be relocated to Cape Bedford. A number of nineteenth century examples of this unique style of spearthrower have survived, and Dr Walter E Roth collected fourteen collected in 1898 when he was the then Protector of Aborigines in north Queensland.

Physical Description

A curved spearthrower with wooden peg attached to distal end. Peg is bound to shaft with care and is at an acute angle. Proximal end is rounded.

Local Name

Ballur

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