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Authentic Australian boomerang collection?
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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Reply #1 - Feb 28th, 2020 at 11:45am
 
All i know is that they look badass, i have seen different variations of the boomerang.
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Reply #2 - 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! Grin
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Reply #3 - 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
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Reply #4 - 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?
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Reply #5 - 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).
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Reply #6 - 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
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Reply #7 - 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.
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Reply #8 - Mar 19th, 2020 at 1:48pm
 
Look like a kyile stick
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Reply #9 - 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
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Reply #10 - 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.
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Reply #11 - 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.

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they do look nice!
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Reply #12 - Mar 20th, 2020 at 5:43am
 
Those look really nice and the guy who runs it seems to be a slinger Cheesy 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 Cheesy
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Reply #13 - 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-...
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.
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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.
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Reply #14 - 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 Cheesy 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...
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