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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The spear-thrower, or throwing-stick, of the aborigines of Australia.


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  • All spears are thrown with the 'wommera', or throwing stick.

    Narrative of the Overland Expedition of the Messrs. Jardine from Rockhampton to Cape York, Northern Queensland

  • Though the wommera, or, as it is known locally, the yellamun, is common in the neighbourhood of Dunk Island, it is not employed as an accessory in the spearing of fish.

    Tropic Days

  • Further north it is so almost universally, a combination of boomerang and wommera being the most popular form.

    Tropic Days

  • He stepped cautiously out of cover, and, using a wommera of dark wood with oval clutches of white shell, threw a spear into the long grass.

    Tropic Days

  • Wylo carried a great black-palm spear fitted into a wommera with milk-white ovals of shell at the grip.

    My Tropic Isle

  • It may readily be believed that a black boy playing with a grass dart exhibits one of the early stages which the spear passed ere it reached its present form in the hands of his father with a wommera.

    My Tropic Isle

  • This, perhaps, is the earliest and most primitive application of the principle embodied in the wommera.

    My Tropic Isle

  • Darts are also improvised from blady grass by two other methods, each a prototype of the spear and wommera.

    My Tropic Isle

  • On examining the spot we found the ball had cut in two the two spears he was carrying; he also dropped his wommera, which was covered with blood.

    A Source Book of Australian History

  • a wommera with milk-white ovals of shell at the grip.

    My Tropic Isle


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