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photograph of current display in the Grand Vestibule

A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world

Australia

Boomerang c.1990-2000

RCIN 94110

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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Mulga wood (acacia aneura) is native to arid regions of Australia and has long been used by indigenous groups for making implements including digging tools, woomeras (spear-throwers) and boomerangs. This boomerang and club were presented to The Queen by 2CUZFM Aboriginal Radio Station, Bourke.

A club made from mulga wood. Mulga wood (acacia aneura) is native to arid regions of Australia and has traditionally been used by indigenous groups as a hardwood for making implements including digging tools, woomeras (spear-throwers) and boomerangs. 

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One in three inhabitants of Bourke, a settlement 500 miles north-west of Sydney, is Aboriginal. When The Queen visited in 2000 she toured a mixed-race primary school and the radio station, praising the 'rich aspects of Aboriginal culture' she encountered in the community.