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bomb, boomerang

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  • Other titles
    • Australian Russell boomerang grenade, WW1 (descriptive name)
    • Captain NRW Thomas, Auckland Infantry Regiment
  • Description
    Australian boomerang bomb, WW1
    Collected by 20940 Captain NRW Thomas, Auckland Infantry Regiment
    metal in form of boomerang with illustrations of emu and kangaroo at either end; with removable triangular plate at angle; an exploding charge is stored in the angle of the boomerang with a fuse extending down one arm; and metal pellets contained in both arms (see diagram on file)
  • Place
  • Other Number
    W0894, 1938.167
  • Accession number
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
bomb, boomerang W0894
bomb, boomerang W0894


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, W0894
  • Notes
    The Russell boomerang hand grenade, WW1

    "That'll astonish the Turks" said Colonel Dangar during a demonstration of the boomerang grenade. This bomb in the form of a boomerang was designed so that it could be thrown over a high wall and returned back into the wall, or to be thrown around a corner.

    The inventors, Garrett Victor Russell and Harvey Sutton applied for a patent on 3rd August 1915. However, later trials at the Grenade Training School concluded that the grenade was so "erratic and uncertain in its flight" that it would be of little value for the military.

    Australian Patent Office, application No 17,016/15, Australian Department of Patents, application dated 3/8/1915; accepted 3/6/1916.

    The Argus, Melbourne, 19th and 24th July, 11th, 25th, 26th August, 1915.
  • Event
    28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    1 January 1916 to 31 December 1916
  • Subject category
  • Production
    Russell, Garrett Victor (invented by)
    Sutton, Harvey (invented by)
    World War 1, 1914-18, Wars
  • Signature/marks
  • Consists of
    0 - Whole › steel
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole length : 250mm
      (250 x 250 x 10mm)
    • width : 250mm
    • depth : 10mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    22 July 2015

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