Shepherdson Collection

Harold U. ('Sheppy') Shepherdson




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Close to 700 Aboriginal artefacts collected by H.U. Shepherdson, mainly at Elcho Island and Milingimbi, N.T between 1929 and 1934.

Representative collection of the material culture of the Elcho Island people.

Restricted access to secret sacred objects

Further information may be found in specimen documentation files, and in correspondence between N.B. Tindale and H.U. Shepherdson. See also Ella Shepherdson, 1981 Half a Century in Arnhem Land (One Tree Hill, S.A.). Related collection notes: Associated archival component held in the SAM Archives (collection lists, photographs).


Aboriginal artefacts; Aboriginal culture; Aboriginal peoples (Australians); Bark paintings; Food

Aboriginal material culture; Australian Aboriginal material culture; Axe; Bag; Bags; Bark paintings; Basket; Boomerang; Ceremonial objects; Club; Container; Cordage; Early 20th century; Fire-making; Food; H.U. Shepherdson; Knife; Material; Medical; Message; Musical instrument; Narcotic; Ornament; Pigment; Plume; Shield; Sorcery; Spear; Spear-thrower; Toy

Aboriginal peoples; Artefacts; Bark painting; Ceremonial objects; Drugs; Indigenous foods; Indigenous medicine; Musical instruments; Pigments; Sorcery; Toys

Anthropological specimens; Bark paintings; Ceremonial objects; Containers; Edged Weapons; Personal adornments; Projectile weapons; Tools; Toys; Weapons

Ella Shepherdson; Harold U. (Sheppy) Shepherdson

Coverage Spatial

Howard Island; Glyde River; Cape Stewart; Galiwin'ku; Crocodile island; Elcho Island; Arnhem Land; Castlereagh Bay; Goyder River; Milingimbi

Coverage Temporal



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