Queen & Commonwealth
Emu egg
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RCIN 94109

Emu egg


Ken Ward

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This emu egg was presented to The Queen by the students and staff at Bourke Public School when Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh visited New South Wales in March 2000.

Kalti Paarti - emu egg carving - first became popular in the mid to late nineteenth century. Both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists practised the art and carving continues today with artists depicting animals, people and traditional scenes - here a young boy and an ostrich.

Ken Ward is a non-Aboriginal artist, who worked as stockman-jackaroo and overseer on sheep and cattle properties in New South Wales and Queensland. He worked closely with many Aboriginal stockmen while learning to carve emu eggs.