Physical Description

Slightly concave wooden spear thrower. The inner surface of the spear thrower has a detachable wooden peg at an acute angle to the shaft, bound with sinew and resin. The handle is covered with resin. Red ochre is the primary layer across all surfaces. Incised concentric circles and semi-circles decorate the inner surface of the spear thrower.


This spearthrower comes from the collection of Charles Glover, who was a mayor of Adelaide in the early twentieth century. Glover is believed to have obtained objects collected by Charles Chewings, who established the cattle station Tempe Downs and also ran a camel transport and supply service into central Australia in the 1880s through to around World War 1.

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