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Canoe Model - Outrigger Type, Single-Mast, Fijian, 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 018278

Fijian outrigger type model canoe with a single mast and triangular matting sail. Steered with an oar. This model was displayed at the 1880-81 Melbourne International Exhibition. It was presented to the Museum by the Fijian Commissioners for the Exhibition in 1881.

Boat models such as these were exhibited by colonial governments to showcase the skills of indigenous populations and as markers of their differences from Western peoples. However they were also used by indigenous peoples to maintain and pass down traditional skills and knowledge as they became less frequently used with the advent of colonialism.
Wooden model of a single outrigger canoe.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Fijian Commissioners of the 1880-81 International Exhibition, Melbourne
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: boats, canoes, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, pacific islands
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Rowing & Paddle Craft
Tertiary Classification: model canoes
Place & Date Exhibited: Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881
Exhibitor: Fijian Commissioners of the 1880-81 International Exhibition, Melbourne, Fiji, 1880-1881

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