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Posted 5 years ago


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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."


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Bellin and kerry 10456 too!
    This one is the last of the boomerangs.
  2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
    Another neat boomerang. You have amass several of these. Take care as not to launch to many at one time, makes for sore body parts. Thanks for sharing these!!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    No, thanks to you for your kind comments and advice kerry10456! These things can be lethal. That edge is really quite sharp!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Manybthanks Phil, miKKo and Amber too!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo!
  6. Poppop, 5 years ago
    Grandkids gave me a new bomerange for my birthday. Spent all day Sunday trying to throw the old one away!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks inky, poppop! Walksoftly and petey too!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks austro!
  9. Loudmusic, 5 years ago
    Very cool...whenI was a kid..Early 60's, there was a wrestling tag team, I think they were called the Kangeroos. After a match theywould throw boomerangs into the audiance (imagine doing that today!!) I was at a match in Asbury Parks Convention Hall and was lucky enough to get one....Used to take it to the park all the time...alot of fun.
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Hey thanks for that Loudmusic!
    I think they were called the Fabulous Kangaroos!
    Roy Heffernan left Oz in 1953 and went to the Stampede in Canada and later met up with Al Costello and toure Hawaii in 1956. They were the bad guys and could create riots with their antics!
    "In 2003, the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inducted Roy Heffernan, along with Al Costello, as the first ever tag team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame." ibid
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo!
  12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    A boomerang that doesn't come back is called a stick.
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago

    Many thanks, blunderbuss!
    Can I suggest the alternative term 'throwing stick'?
    Stick, club, tool they did not all come back.
    Charlie Drake is probably responsible for the urban myth about non-returning sticks. Check out my Karli Jalangu or number 7 here. It is 70 cm or 27.5 inches long.
    Non returning boomerangs were used to down an animal or human. I certainly would be fearful of one coming at me. There are seven different types of clubs, I think.
    The term boomerang is of uncertain origin.
    David Collins listed "Wo-mur-rang" as one of eight aboriginal "Names of clubs" in 1798. A 1790 anonymous manuscript on aboriginal languages of New South Wales reported "Boo-mer-rit" as "the Scimiter".
    In 1822 it was described in detail and recorded as a "bou-mar-rang", in the language of the Turuwal people (a sub-group of the Dharug) of the Georges River near Port Jackson. The Turnawal used other words for their hunting sticks but used "boomerang" to refer to a returning throw-stick. They were also mistakenly referred to as a woomerang, in confusion with the spear-thrower woomera. Wikipedia.
  14. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Be my guest vetra--, it's a clean joke you can tell the kids. Clean jokes are really hard to come-by you know!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks cwork!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo!

    Happy New Year to you and Yours!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks crabbykins!
  18. Belltown Belltown, 4 years ago
    I had one of these over my bedroom door when I was a kid (a souvenir from a trip my parents took to Australia). I always wanted to throw it to see what would happen, but never did...
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks Belltown!
    A nostalgic moment.
    "My boomerang won't come back!"
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks nldionne!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo!
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks TOM61375!
  24. tom61375, 4 years ago
    You are very welcome! I have always enjoyed throwing boomerangs. I throw them and they don't come back, so I walk after them and throw it again's a repeat process like my golf game! LoL =)
  25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Perseverance pays! LOL!
  26. tom61375, 4 years ago
    Yes, Perseverance...and Bourbon! LoL =)
  27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    I'm with you there, Mate!
  28. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    These are great and beautiful art work as well!!
  29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks for the loves TOM31675!
  30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!

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