Image: Multipurpose Indigenous shovel

Multipurpose Indigenous shovel

This is a multipurpose Indigenous shovel made from a red-brown wood. The head, which measures 12 cm in width, is hollowed into a broad concave spatulate shape and the handle is pointed. The total length is 87 cm. Adze marks can be seen on the entire shovel head and splits in the wood can be seen along the blade. It was collected in the Lachlan-Darling area of western New South Wales prior to 1885.


Stuart Humphreys
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