Parrying shield and fighting club
The parrying shield, or malcarra, was carved with stone and metal implements. Its dimensions are 99x12x9cm. The front of the shield has an irregular stone-incised geometric diamond pattern. The back has an inscription by Ramsay Hay:
These weapons were made for me by Bobby the Blackfellow and his mate. While having a cruise over the Victoria Valley and Ranges their place of birth and old hunting grounds of which place they are the last of the Aborigines to be born here. R.Hay Karrabel.
Made in July and August 1897
The wooden club, also referred to as a liangle or leowill, has stone-carved geometric patterns and a pinecone-shaped knob with 8 concentric swirls. Its dimensions are 73x12x4cm.
In the video Sharing the Collection David Lovett (Gunditj Mirring) and Eileen Alberts (Gunditj Mirring) discuss fighting techniques using these weapons, and the decorations on them.
The Dunkeld & District Historical Museum and members of the local Aboriginal communities have worked together to research and register the Dunkeld Aboriginal Object Collection. The partnership has improved interpretation and presentation of Aboriginal perspectives of the district’s cultural heritage; ensured that Dunkeld Museum meets its legal obligations under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006; and improved access to the collection for Aboriginal people and the general community.
David Lovett demonstrates the use of the parrying shield and fighting club.
Still from video
Sista Girl Productions