Walking stick

Production date
Circa 1960s
Country
Solomon Islands
State/Province
Malaita
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Description
Wooden walking stick. Painted black with single ring of nautilus shell inlay below a round handle at the top.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Male walking stick
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Measurements
L960 x Dia 35 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, shell
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.

This walking stick was made by Johnson, a patient at the leper hospital on Malaita. He made it for the donor so that she could walk in the bush as she got older.
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E40703

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