The E Schmidt Collection: Papua New Guinea, 1909
A collection of 302 artefacts mostly weapons - arrows, bows, clubs and spears from from ‘German’ New Guinea, New Ireland, the Admiralty Islands and the Solomon Islands collected in the early 20th Century.
In 1909 the Australian Museum bought a collection of 302 artefacts (mostly weapons - arrows, bows, clubs and spears) from Mr E Schmidt, a Sydney-based trader. The artefacts were from ‘German’ New Guinea, New Ireland, the Admiralty Islands and the Solomon Islands. Mr Schmidt sold the collection on behalf of a client, Captain Haug.
Captain Haug was captain of the New Guinea Company’s steamer Siar which, in 1909, sailed 346km up the Sepik River. A large quantity of ethnographic material was collected by scientists on board, much of which is now in museums in Germany.
Arrows; Bows; Clubs; Early 20th century; Indigenous artefacts; Indigenous weapons; Spears
New Ireland; Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands; Admiralty Islands