This canoe is made of a single piece of bark sewn and sealed at either end. The hull is reinforced with saplings tied to along either side of the opening.

Physical Description

A canoe made from a single piece of bark, with extra bark sewn to the bow and stem. The sides are reinforced with wooden rods tied on the lashings of vegetable fibre string.


This canoe comes from the collection of Charles Glover, who was a mayor of Adelaide in the early twentieth century. Glover was a secondary collector and who originally collected this canoe is unknown but it is perhaps the earliest extant example of a bark canoe from Cape York.

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