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Message started by Slyngorm on Feb 28th, 2020 at 10:00am

Title: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by Slyngorm on Feb 28th, 2020 at 10:00am
Anyone know anything about these? They are very much different from the standard tourist boomerang (like in the top right).

Could they have been made by Aboriginal Australians?
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Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by vetryan15 on Feb 28th, 2020 at 11:45am
All i know is that they look badass, i have seen different variations of the boomerang.

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by Slyngorm on Feb 28th, 2020 at 4:17pm
I will provide more pictures if anyone wants.


vetryan15 wrote on Feb 28th, 2020 at 11:45am:
they look badass

thanks! ;D

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by Mersa on Feb 28th, 2020 at 8:49pm
The bottom 5 look like legit boomerangs
Rough guess is they are made from jam wood (acacia accuminata).
Look like they are mostly decorative, but may also be functional as hunting tools.
At least theyíre accurate is the choice of dense heavy hard wood.
As for where in Australia they were made thatís out of my knowledge but likely not coastal because these trees occur more inland.
Top boomerang looks like a cheap knockoff

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by joe_meadmaker on Feb 28th, 2020 at 8:53pm
I agree with the group.† Those look pretty nice!† Where did you get them?† Have you tried throwing one?

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by Slyngorm on Feb 29th, 2020 at 9:48am

joe_meadmaker wrote on Feb 28th, 2020 at 8:53pm:
Where did you get them?  Have you tried throwing one?

I got them from an elderly man who travelled the world in his younger days when overseas travel was a rarity (he had tons of odd stuff from around the world).
I have tried throwing one (the smallest) some months ago and it broke in two when it landed on a gravel road but I patched it up quite nicely. Afterwords I haven't been able to try throwing one again because it has been incredibly windy for weeks around here.

From the little throwing I have done I can definitely say that it was functional and non-returning.


Mersa wrote on Feb 28th, 2020 at 8:49pm:
Rough guess is they are made from jam wood (acacia accuminata).


Interesting! Then they would have been made in west-south Australia (according to my search engine).

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by Mersa on Feb 29th, 2020 at 5:00pm
They are definitely a more hunting profile boomerang not a returning sports boomerang, except the top one maybe.
Canít 100% confirm its jamwood but almost definitely a inland species of acacia

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by Slyngorm on Feb 29th, 2020 at 5:08pm



Mersa wrote on Feb 29th, 2020 at 5:00pm:
except the top one maybe

Yeah that one is not part of the collection. I bought it off a flea market.

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by ghost0311-8541 on Mar 19th, 2020 at 1:48pm
Look like a kyile stick

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by ghost0311-8541 on Mar 19th, 2020 at 1:51pm
http://www.throwsticks.com/


Ask this man he could tell you I am sure he makes some awesome throw sticks

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by joe_meadmaker on Mar 19th, 2020 at 2:58pm
That's awesome!† Thanks for the link ghost0311-8541.† I'd love to get one of those, just not sure where I'd throw it.† That demo video is great.

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by Slyngorm on Mar 19th, 2020 at 6:16pm
I tried throwing the second smallest one yesterday and I flies in a perfect straight path. Very nice!
Problem is that the slightest wind with quickly make it spin around itself and fall to the ground. Can't wait for perfect windless weather.

@ghost0311-8541
they do look nice!

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by Kick on Mar 20th, 2020 at 5:43am
Those look really nice and the guy who runs it seems to be a slinger :D In some of the product photos, a sling is laid out with the throwingsticks and I noticed he had one on his belt in some of his videos. Seems he has a really nice woven sling. Looks to be South American. I certainly approve :D

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by Slyngorm on Dec 18th, 2021 at 5:21pm
Reviving this thread to bring you this message: no, I do not think these are authentic boomerangs.



Some months ago I found a typology of Australian boomerangs: https://www.aboriginal-bark-paintings.com/aboriginal-boomerang/
And found my boomerangs do not seem to fit any of the types.

Searching for some examples I fell upon this site selling stuff: https://www.carters.com.au/index.cfm/index/2220-australian-aboriginal-artefacts-boomerangs/
Many of the boomerangs are described as being from western, central, etc. Australia and look like they should according to the typology.

And suspiciously many boomerangs look like the spitting image of mine.



And do not seem to fit any specific typology either. And they are NEVER described as being from any specific area.
Search for "kangaroo" and most of the boomerangs with this description fit the above points.

Not only that, few other boomerangs have figure carvings as intricate as those kangaroos and emus. Some have patterns and stripes and such, and THEY look like their described area of origin.


They were probably made in some modern workshop and are what souvenir boomerangs looked like back in the 50-60's.

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by Kick on Dec 19th, 2021 at 3:37am
They certainly look nicer than the modern tourist versions. In some ways they do have a kind of greater interest, but towards the history of Australian tourism than maybe the history of Australian weapons :D Still a very nice little collection. I still have managed to control myself and not buy anything from Throwsticks.com. Every day my resolve get's weaker...

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by vetryan15 on Dec 19th, 2021 at 5:42am
Kick, i actually just made a purchase through them about 2 weeks ago. Got it last weekend, but havent had an opportunity to try it yet.

Those boomerangs might be  for tourists,  but thet still look better then the modern ones u get

Title: Re: Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
Post by Slyngorm on Dec 19th, 2021 at 4:59pm
To add. A nice map.


Kick wrote on Dec 19th, 2021 at 3:37am:
In some ways they do have a kind of greater interest, but towards the history of Australian tourism than maybe the history of Australian weapons.

The next step of detective work would be tracking down the exact shed where a guy, late for several decades, spent his free time making boomerangs, selling them to the local tourist office.


vetryan15 wrote on Dec 19th, 2021 at 5:42am:
Those boomerangs might be† for tourists,† but thet still look better then the modern ones u get

True. They are still the stuff that you want hanging on your wall.
And if they can fool a website of primitive weapons enthusiasts, you can always tell your guests that they are original Kimberley war boomerangs used in the second Australian anti-colonial uprising.
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