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The use of the womerah, or ‘ throw stick’ by the aborigines of Tasmania

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Taylor, Alfred J (1892) The use of the womerah, or ‘ throw stick’ by the aborigines of Tasmania. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 84-31.

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Abstract

In the course of a discussion that followed a lecture I delivered
recently on the Aborigines of Tasmania, Mr. Thomas
Lewis, a member of this Society, referred to the use of the
'' Womerah," or "Throw Stick " by our natives. This was the
first time I had heard of the instrument being used by the
aborigines of Tasmania. There is no record of their use of it
in any of the works dealing with their history, nor is the
Womerah preserved in any of our Ethnological Collections of
Tasmanian Weapons, etc. On the contrary, Ronald Gunn,
F.R.S., informed Mr. R. Brough Smythe, who has duly
recorded the statement in his account of the aborigines of
Tasmania, that " they had no throwing sticks."

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 84-31
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2013 05:15
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:48
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