Native Weapon : Private E C N Devlin, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
|Title||Native Weapon : Private E C N Devlin, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force|
|Object type||Edged Weapon or Club|
|Place made||Pacific Islands: Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Gazelle Peninsula, Rabaul Area, Rabaul|
|Date made||c 1914|
Native Weapon. The weapon is designed for two handed fighting. At one end is a metal axe head and at the opposite end is a large carved wooden spear blade. The spear blade is finely carved and appears to be integral to the haft. Featured on both sides of the blade are what appear to be eyes carved into a stylised face. At the base of the spear blade has been hand carved two collars with concentric notches on them. Above the collars is a knotted grass decoration and above that a finely knotted grass decoration which had fine leaves extending from the knotted ring. The remainder of the haft, although roughly cut, has been stained and highly polished.
Associated with the service of Private Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, who was born in Penrith, NSW in 1891. hen the First World War began, Devlin was amongst the first to volunteer for service in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (ANMEF) which was being raised to seize German interests in New Guinea and surrounding islands.