Boomerang with Silver Plaque

Production date
Circa 1930
Country
Australia
State/Province
New South Wales
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Description
Wooden boomerang with silver tips and silver shield set in centre. The grain of the timber follows the curve of boomerang, so is likely made from the trunk and branch or root of a tree.
Classification
CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Presentations shield
CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Presentations boomerang
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Measurements
L370 x W135 x H5 mm
Media/Materials description
Indeterminate (Woods), silver
Signature/Marks
<on plaque> Presented by Mascot Council \ to \ Wing-Commander Kingsford-Smith \ on his landing at Mascot Aerodrome \ on the completion of his Record Flight \ ENGLAND TO AUSTRALIA \ 23rd October 1930
<on plaque> W. KERR \ SILVER
History and use
This boomerang was presented to Charles Kingsford Smith by Mascot Council on completion of his record breaking England to Australia flight in 1930 in the Southern Cross Junior aircraft. Boomerangs have a long history of use by Aboriginal Australians, but with European contact, boomerangs became desirable as display objects. From the 19th century, boomerangs began to be produced as gifts and souvenirs. The boomerang’s famed ability to return when thrown made it a popular symbol for mementos to travellers who one hoped would make a safe return.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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H10893

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