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Slingshot - Tree Branch, circa 1980-1983 Object Reg. No: SH 990096

Alternative Name(s): Shanghai, Catapult

Slingshot made from a forked tree branch with a rubber band. Made circa 1980-1983. Found on the steps of the Institute of Early Childhood Development, Kew, by Dr June Factor. It had been left there by children who often used the empty car park as a playground at weekends.

Part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection. The Collection is unique in Australia, documenting contemporary children's folklore across Australia and in other countries reaching back to the 1870s. It has a strong component of research material relating to Victoria.
Slingshot made from a forked tree branch, with a very rustic and unfinished appearance. The sling has been made from rubber bands, now perished, with a piece of black vinyl attached between them for launching the missiles. One side of the fork is narrower than the other and this also has bark stripped away. The ends have been roughly sawn.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Dr June Factor, 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 28.00 cm (Height), 17.50 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: children s folklore, children s play, handmade games toys, toys, weapons, making history - australian childrens folklore
Themes this item is part of: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Weapons & Targets
Tertiary Classification: slingshots
Place Collected: Kew, Victoria, Australia

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