Derby boab has stood stoically for around 1500 years, a witness to Aboriginal life and the much more recent colonial incursion onto country. As boab trees age, their trunks eventually become hollow. Several people could easily stand inside one of them.
An ancient boab tree with a girth of 14.7 metres stands near the town of Derby in remote Western Australia. Boabs’ massive trunks and spindly branches create the rather intriguing illusion that the trees are growing upside down. They look like their roots are sticking up into the air.Known since the 1940s as the boab prison tree, researchers are pushing for the Kimberley icon to be correctly named and respected as a sacred site.
The so-called prison tree is a large hollow boab just south of Derby in Western Australia.
It is reputed to have been used in the 1890s as a holding cell for Aboriginal prisoners on their way to Derby for sentencing.
The tree itself is officially signposted as a prison tree. #aboringinal
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