Posted 8 months ago
This boomerang is made from plywood and is decorated with pokerwork and with enamels that use the traditional Rarrk crosshatching and x-ray depiction of a goanna. I think it would return. It is signed on the back by the artist Laddie Timbery, Huskisson, Australia. Laddie and his family have a long history of promoting indigenous culture in southern Sydney, the land of the Eora people.
This boomerang is 50 cm or almost 20 inches across.
It is 26 cm or inches 10.2 inches wide.
This citation from the Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture: Timbery Family tells some of it.
"According to Timbery folklore, the family was fishing in Botany Bay when James Cook sailed in. Today visitors to La Perouse (NSW) are still met by a Timbery, namely Laddie, who, following his family's tradition, sells arts and crafts at a stall at the Loop. The Protection Board Report for 1891 records that the men at La Perouse were fishermen and also made weapons for sale, while the women sold shell-works and wildflowers. Laddie's great-great-grandmother, Queen Emma Timbery, exhibited her shell-work in London in 1910. Laddie's grandfather, Hubert, was a ‘lookout man’ who could tell the species of fish from the ripple on the water: he used to sit on the shore to spot the fish and signal to the men on the boats. While waiting he would carve boomerangs and nulla nullas, which he sold throughout the 1940s at the Loop. His brother John, who had been the first postman at Wreck Bay, was a fisherman too, and also used to sell artefacts with his wife Marjorie at the stall in the 1950s. Rose and Esme Timbery, Hubert's daughters, started to sell their shell-work at about that time. In the 1950s Joe Timbery—the champion boomerang thrower who had performed on top of the Eiffel Tower and in front of Queen Elizabeth in 1954—opened a shop at La Perouse, where he produced and sold boomerangs, shields, and other wooden objects. The shop was near the family home, which had been built by his grandfather, Joseph ‘Dooka’ Timbery. In the 1950s and the 1960s the Timberys had stalls at the Royal Easter Show, following a tradition started at the beginning of the century by Queen Emma.
Today the Timberys' workshop, the Bidjigal Aboriginal Corporation, is based at Huskisson, Jervis Bay, from where Laddie travels to La Perouse on the weekends following the travelling route of his ancestors, the Bidjigal people. At the shop he is helped by other family members. Rose Timbery, his mother, is a boomerang designer: she learnt the art of ‘burning in’ images from John. Esme Timbery, who still lives at La Perouse, contributes to the business with her unique shell-works. Jeff Timbery, Laddie's son, is a visual artist and a dancer. Since 1991 he has been the coordinator of Bidjigal Dancers, who regularly perform in Australia and overseas, for example in 1997 at the Indigenous Games in Canada. Their success and the subsequent demand for Timbery-made objects was such that the family opened a Canadian outlet in British Columbia which, together with the email catalogue available through their web site, serves an international clientele."