Club

Production date
Pre 1790
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Polynesian club (believed Tongan). Modified 'coconut stalk' type (Churchill, 1917). Intermediate style between the 'apa'apai' and the 'paddle' club, with features of both types; e.g. the carved parallel bands (6-5-5-4-3) of the apa'apai' and the rounded 'paddle' club head. Rounded shaft; flanged handle. There is no finely carved decoration within the raised carved bands (Campbell, 1997)
Production place
Measurements
1075 x 100 x 31
Media/Materials description
Wood (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 (believed Tongan). Modified 'coconut stalk' type (Churchill, 1917); an intermediate style between the 'apa'apai' and the 'paddle' club, with features of both types; e.g. the carved parallel bands of the apa'apai' and the rounded 'paddle' club head. Rounded shaft; flanged handle. 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
MA4822

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