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AUSTRALIA 2013 #41

On the way to Derby from Broome, about 4 miles (7 km) from the town, there is a sign to a “Boab Prison Tree”. A track leads you to is a very large 1500 year old hollow boab tree.

In the 1890s, it was used as a lockup for aboriginal prisoners on their way to Derby for sentencing. The tree is hollow, with an incredible 46 foot (14 metres) in circumference!

Aboriginals used the giants as shelter, food and medicine. For the white settlers they served as easily recognisable land marks and meeting points as well as impromptu prison cells. There are quite a few “prison trees” in the Kimberley.

For the Aboriginal people, every boab tree is unique. They have character and personality. Some boab trees are 1500-1600 years old or more. This makes them the oldest living beings in Australia, and puts them amongst the oldest in the world.

Tags: Flowers and plants Derby Western australia BOAB THE KIMBERLEY PRISON TREE ADANSONIA GREGORI

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6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 7:05PM
Both interesting and well documented imagery.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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vickyf 11 8 8 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 7:39PM
Great write up and good set of images. V2 is my favourite - love the sense of mystery.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
16 Apr 2014 8:24PM
Fascinating narrative Jean-Noel. Never seen or heard of these things before.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 10:41PM
A fascinating and informative set.Smile

7 10 10 England
16 Apr 2014 11:26PM
Incredible sight - and another leaning curve - thank you.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
17 Apr 2014 12:50AM
Astonishing images, these trees are huge and very special! Thanks for the share!
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
17 Apr 2014 12:42PM
Another of nature's miracles.

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