Carl Strehlow Collection

Pastor Carl Friedrich Theodor Strehlow (1871-1922)




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More than 180 Aboriginal artefacts made by Western Arrernte people, collected by Carl Strehlow at Hermannsburg Lutheran Mission in the western MacDonnell Ranges, C.A. in 1913.

Ceremonial and secular objects.

Out of copyright

Restricted access to secret sacred objects

Specimen list in specimen documentation file, S.A. Museum. This collection is one of at least seven similar collections assembled by Carl Strehlow at Hermmansburg during the years 1906-1917. This collection was impounded by Federal Customs authorities in Adelaide, 1914, and was compulsorily acquired, having been deemed to contain objects of important cultural heritage. Strehlow provided full ethnographic description of like objects in his seven volume Die Aranda- und Loritja Stamme (ed. von Leonhardi, Städtisches Völker-Museum, Frankfurt, Germany, 1907-20). Related collection notes: Associated archival component held in the SAM Archives and in State Records Office, South Australia; Strehlow Research Centre, Alice Springs; similar ethnographic collections assembled by Carl Strehlow held in German museums. Entry in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online:


?; Aboriginal material culture; Axe; Bag; Bags; Basket; Boomerang; Carl Strehlow; Ceremonial objects; Club; Container; Cordage; Fire-making; Food; Knife; Material; Medical; Message; Musical instrument; Narcotic; Ornament; Pigment; Plume; Shield; Sorcery; Spear; Spear-thrower; Tools; Toy

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

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

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

Pastor Carl Friedrich Theodor Strehlow

Coverage Spatial

Hermannsburg; Finke River; MacDonnell Ranges; Central Australia; Northern Territory

Coverage Temporal



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