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

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posted on 2023-11-22, 09:06 authored by Alfred J Taylor
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."

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Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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84-31

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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..

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