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Registration Number E5484
Name or Title Bowl
Production Date Circa 1880s
History and Use

This wooden bowl was collected from an unknown location by the crew of a Farrell & Co steamship in the Admiralty Islands in 1887, and was acquired by the Queensland Museum later that year. The bowl features a bird shaped design, significant because birds play an important role in clan identity and stories in much of this island region.

Farrell & Co, a major trading company in the region at that time was headed by Australian, Thomas Farrell. Farrell was also a one time de facto partner of still well-known, successful plantation owner, Samoan-American Emma Coe, who became known as ‘Queen Emma of New Guinea’. Some sources indicate that Farrell was also involved in blackbirding practices around this time.

State/Province Manus
Manus
Country Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
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Registration Number E4545
Name or Title Club-wood
Production Place New Caledonia
State/Province Queensland
Queensland
Country Australia
Australia
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Registration Number E9224
Name or Title Fish hook
Production Place Malaita/Solomon Islands
History and Use

This fish hook from Malaita in the Solomon Islands was collected by W. H. Lawrence, who worked on labour trade vessels in the region from 1883 to circa 1900. These vessels brought Pacific Islanders, predominantly from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, to Australia as a cheap form of labour for the Australian sugar industry.

This fish hook is part of the Australian South Sea Islander Kastom Collection.

State/Province Malaita
Malaita
Country Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
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Registration Number E310
Name or Title Axe-complete, steel blade
State/Province Makira
Makira
Country Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
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Registration Number E9222
Name or Title Fish hook-bonito
Production Place Malaita/Solomon Islands
State/Province Malaita
Malaita
Country Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
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Registration Number E5729
Name or Title Sculpture-stone
Production Place Vanuatu
State/Province Malampa
Malampa
Country Vanuatu
Vanuatu
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Registration Number E5726
Name or Title Sculpture-stone
Production Place Vanuatu
State/Province Malampa
Malampa
Country Vanuatu
Vanuatu
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Registration Number E16168
Name or Title Shield
Production Place Unknown
History and Use

This shield is made in Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal) style, and was given to the collector by a Solomon Islander who was a labourer in the Howard-Childers area of Queensland. At the time, South Sea Islanders were being used as a cheap form of labour in the Australian sugar industry.

This shield is part of the Australian South Sea Islander Kastom Collection.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.

State/Province Queensland
Queensland
Country Australia
Solomon Islands
Australia
Solomon Islands
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Registration Number E16169
Name or Title Shield
State/Province Queensland
Queensland
Country Australia
Australia
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Registration Number E4374
Name or Title Fish float
Production Place Makira/Solomon Islands
State/Province Makira
Makira
Country Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
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Registration Number E101
Name or Title Waist/pubic ornament-female
Production Place Vanuatu
Production Date 16 Dec 1884
State/Province Sama
Sama
Country Vanuatu
Vanuatu
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Registration Number E5616
Name or Title Bag
Production Place Pentecost Island/Vanuatu
History and Use

This woven bag from Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, was collected by Captain W H Lawrence between 1883 and 1900. During this time he was working on various labour trade vessels involved in the transportation of South Sea Islanders to Queensland to work in the sugar fields as a cheap form of labour.

South Sea Islanders made significant contributions to Queensland yet very little is known today about their history and culture. Today, the South Sea Islander descendants are officially recognised as a unique cultural group called, Australian South Sea Islanders.

This bag is part of the Australian South Sea Islander Kastom Collection at the Queensland Museum.

State/Province Penama
Penama
Country Vanuatu
Vanuatu
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Registration Number E5743
Name or Title Water container-gourd
Production Place Banks/Vanuatu
State/Province Banks
Banks
Country Vanuatu
Vanuatu
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Registration Number E6890
Name or Title Canoe prow ornament
Production Place Solomon Islands
State/Province Western
Western
Country Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
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Registration Number E5505
Name or Title Sculpture
Production Place Vanuatu
State/Province Malampa
Malampa
Country Vanuatu
Vanuatu
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Registration Number E554.2
Name or Title Head comb
Production Place Malaita/Solomon Islands
Production Date 1893-1902
State/Province Malaita
Malaita
Country Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
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Registration Number E546.2
Name or Title Arm ornament-shell
Production Place Solomon Islands
Country Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
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Registration Number E545
Name or Title Bowl-wood
Production Place Solomon Islands
Country Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
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Registration Number E278
Name or Title Sculpture
Production Place Makira/Solomon Islands
State/Province Makira
Makira
Country Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
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Registration Number E5780
Name or Title Canoe baler
Production Place Torba/Vanuatu
State/Province Torba
Torba
Country Vanuatu
Vanuatu
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Registration Number E4508
Name or Title Canoe paddle
Production Place Solomon Islands
Production Date Sep 1884
History and Use

This canoe paddle from Santa Ana, in the Solomon Islands was collected by C.F. Browne. C.F. Browne was a Government Agent on Labour Trade vessel "Sybil I" (J. Leeman, Master). This vessel left Mackay 22 April 1884 for Santa Ana, Gaua, Malo, Torres Group, San Cristobal, Russel, Piron, Sudest, Pig, Grass,Normanby and Goulvain Islands, and returned to Mackay 3 October 1884. It was used to transport South Sea Islanders to Queensland. South Sea Islanders were used as cheap form of labour in the development in the Australian sugar industry.

The Queensland Museum aquired this canoe paddle in 1886. It is part of the Australian South Sea Islander Kastom Collection.

State/Province Makira
Makira
Country Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
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Registration Number E16946
Classification CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Agriculture Harvesting cane cutting knife
Name or Title Cane Cutting Knife
History and Use

This cane knife came from a Sugar Cane farm at Erakala in Mackay. It has a deliberate bend in the blade. Most South Sea Islander cane cutters preferred a bent blade to give them purchase when cutting the cane.

Cane knives are particularly symbolic to Australian South Sea Islanders as it was their manual labour that established the Queensland sugar industry.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.

State/Province Queensland
Queensland
Country Australia
Australia
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Registration Number E6124
Classification CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bowl wood
Name or Title Bowl
Production Place Solomon Islands
History and Use

This bowl from the Solomon Islands features a nautilus shell inlay design. Many bowls like this depict birds in some way, linking with ancestral and/or totemic spirits and with stories.

Country Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
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Registration Number E5510
Name or Title Pottery
Production Place Vanuatu
State/Province Sama
Sama
Country Vanuatu
Vanuatu
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Registration Number E5617
Name or Title Bag
Production Place Pentecost Island/Vanuatu
History and Use

This bag from Vanuatu was collected by W. H. Lawrence, who worked on labour trade vessels in the region from 1883 to circa 1900. These vessels brought Pacific Islanders, predominantly from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, to Australia as a cheap form of labour for the Australian sugar industry.

This bag is part of the Australian South Sea Islander Kastom Collection.

State/Province Penama
Penama
Country Vanuatu
Vanuatu
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