Please identify each item and describe its purpose, period, origin and any other relevant information.
Two Aboriginal Antiques - Hand Carved Wood Marriage Paddle and Staff, c. 1920
A wood and brass fid or marlinspike. Marline is a small line of untwisted hemp, very pliant and well tarred, to seize the ends of ropes from raveling out. Today marline is any strong waxed cord. In the age of sail the marline was not waxed but tarred. The only way to loosen the tarred marline from a rope was to pick the marline free. This was normally done with a bone or iron spike. The act of picking the line free was known as marling. Thus the spike became known as the marlingspike or marlinespike and more recently marlinspike.
The Ula or Ulu is a throwing club from the Fiji Islands. It is carved from the root stem of a local bush, and it is extremely hard. About 18 inches long.