Illustration of Aboriginal Game Woggabaliri

license: public domain
source: Wikimedia Commons
author: William Blandowski (1822–1878)
Description

An illustration depicts a small group of Australian Aborigines around a pond. In the center, six children form a circle, with one of them kicking a ball upward.


Date

Illustration: 1857


Information

This illustration was sketched by Prussian scientist William Blandowski (1822–1878) while in Australia in 1857. The picture is often misattributed to the Aboriginal sport marn grook, though Blandowski himself stated it depicts a game called woggabaliri. In addition, Blandowski described this game, which, based on his description, does not match accounts of marn grook.


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Aboriginal Woggabaliri | Aboriginal Marn Grook | History of Ball Sports

Bibliography

Blandowski, W. V. (1862). Australien in 142 photographischen Abbildungen nach zehnjährigen Erfahrungen. Gleiwitz: Neumann.