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Postcard - Aboriginal Australian with Boomerang, To Anna Scott from Marion Flinn, Melbourne, 16 Apr 1907 Document Reg. No: HT 24861

Summary:
Postcard featuring colour image of an Aboriginal man with a boomerang and includes a handwritten message.

It is one of sixty seven postcards dated from the 5 January 1904 to 16 April 1907, all addressed to James Baird Scott and his family living in Paisley, Scotland. Fifty three of the cards are sent from Victoria, Australia, by Marion Flinn and her family and feature Melbourne landmarks and suburbs, scenes from Victoria and New South Wales. Fourteen postcards are sent from various international locations including South Africa, Nigeria, India, Singapore and western Europe apparently by extended members of James Baird's family either holidaying or working.
Description:
Colour postcard, with image of an Aboriginal man holding a boomerang. Hand writing around the image. Reverse side with hand written address and date stamp. Stamps were removed.
Statement Of Significance:
This collection of early 20th century postcards provides an invaluable pictorial record of urban and rural landscapes in Melbourne,Victoria and New South Wales. It also captures the social and political attitudes and observations of one Melbourne family, relating to domestic and social life, literature, politics, and Australian culture. Themes such as nationalism, the postiion of women and prejudices surrounding Aboriginal Australians, global shipping and communication are also referenced by both the visual iconography and the commentary on the postcards.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Moreen Shields, 2011
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 140 mm (Height), 90 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: horizontal

More information

Tagged with: aboriginal depictions, postcards, aboriginal people, correspondence, scottish communities, scottish immigration
Themes this item is part of: Marion Scott Flinn, Second Generation Scottish Migrant, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Information & Communication Collection, Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Postal
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Printed: Australian Aborigine, with Boomerang.

Handwritten text: Melbourne 16.4.07
'My Dear Anna, Here is a real Australian husband for you, but beware! if you offend him the slightest wee bit he will strike you with his boomerang or gidgi stick and most likely split your ear in two. the poor lubras have a very bad time. nearly all of them have their ears split and so scarred with blows. We see none in Melbourne. Indeed there are not many in Victoria, but they are not so scarce in other states. Still they are dying out as all native races do before the march of civilization. with kindest love to Mamma and Papa. from your Australian cousin who is not black Marion'

Miss Anna Scott
12 Hillview Paisley Scotland
Sender: Marion Flinn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 16 Apr 1907
Addressed To: Anna Scott, Scotland, 16 Apr 1907

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