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Musical Instrument - Snowy McAlister's Ukelele

From the Collection of Australian National Surfing Museum 77 Beach Road Surf City Plaza Surfcoast Highway Torquay Victoria

Description
Handcrafted Hawaiian, Kumalae ukelele, light brown in colour,missing one of the four original tuning knobs.
Size
H52cm c W15cm x D6.5cm
Object Registration
2006.538
Keywords
snowy mcalister, jonah kumalae, kumalae ukelele
Historical information
This ukelele was owned by Snowy McAlister one of the most famous surfers to come out of the Manly surf scene during the 20th century. Snowy won eleven surfboard 'display' contests in Sydney and Newcastle from 1923-1936 including the first 'Australian Championship at Manly Beach in 1924.
Made By
Jonah Kumalae (Maker)
Significance
This ukelele belonged to one of the most influential surfers during the 20th century. It was made by Jonah Kumalae of Hawaii during the early part of the 20th century. It represents the connection between surfing and music as personified by this musical instrument made popular in Hawaii during this period.
Inscriptions & Markings
Kumalae logo on the top of the neck of the ukelele.
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:09AM