Image: Illustration - Woman wearing mourning cap
Illustration of woman wearing mourning cap. G F Angas, 'South Australia Illustrated', 1847.
- © Australian Museum Research Library
As a sign of mourning, white 'mourning caps' were worn by some Indigenous Australian communities, although the type of cap worn varied from region to region. Among the people of the Murray River area, the caps could be very large and heavy, while in parts of Queensland, the hair was smeared with clay instead.