The Bishop Museum Collection: Hawaii, late 19th century
A collection of 101 artefacts from Hawaii including bowls, body ornaments, bark cloth beaters and stamps, bowls, fishing hooks, balls, rattles and adze heads acquired in 1893.
In 1893 William Brigham, director of the Bishop Museum, Honolulu, brought Hawaiian artefacts from his museum to offer the Australian Museum in exchange for Australian ethnological and natural history specimens. The Australian Museum selected 95 items from the collection and the exchange was made the following year. Part of the collection was displayed at the museum at the time of acquisition. The artefacts exchanged included body ornaments, bark cloth beaters and stamps, bowls, fishing hooks, balls, rattles and adze heads.
In 1901 the Australian Museum acquired a further six Hawaiian artefacts, by exchange, from the Bishop Museum, four of which were bowls.
The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honour of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artefacts and royal family heirlooms of the princess, and has expanded to include millions of artefacts, documents and photographs about Hawaii and other Pacific island cultures.
19th Century; Adze heads; Balls; Bark cloth tools; Body ornaments; Bowls; Fishing hooks; Indigenous artefacts; Pacific Island Culture; Rattles