Club

Production date
Pre 1790
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Polynesian club (believed Tonga). Casuarina equisitifolia species. 'Paddle club' style (Churchill 1917). Round shaft in cross section. No evidence of use-wear on the handle. No butt lug, however two holes have been made, converging at right angles, probably to accommodate a twine wrist cord. The head widens out into a classic paddle design (Churchill, 1917:56). The entire club surface is covered in incised decoration consisting ofherring bone,banded zigzag and vertical basketry. (Campbell, 1997)
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Measurements
970 x 76 x 30
Media/Materials description
Wood (possible Casuarina equisitifolia)
History and use
In 1790 HMS Pandora sailed from England in pursuit of the HMS Bounty and its mutineers. The Pandora was wrecked in 1791 on its return voyage while attempting to negotiate the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Queensland Museum archaeological expeditions between 1983 and 1999 recovered many artefacts.
Polynesian war club recovered from the HMS Pandora werck site. Casuarina equisitifolia species. 'Paddle club' style (Churchill 1917). Round shaft in cross section. No evidence of use-wear on the handle. No butt lug, however two holes have been made, probably to accommodate a twine wrist cord. Crew of the Pandora collected such ethnographic cultural material during the voyage, to take back to England for further study or for personal collections.

HMS Pandora
Registration number
MA4809

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