Boab Prison Tree, Derby
The Boab Prison Tree, Derby is a large hollow Adansonia gregorii (Boab) tree just south of Derby, Western Australia. It is reputed to have been used in the 1890s as a lockup for indigenous Australian prisoners on their way to Derby for sentencing. It is now a tourist attraction.
In fact, there is no evidence that the Derby Prison Tree was ever used for holding prisoners.
In recent years a fence was erected around the tree to protect it from too much human traffic, carving of initials etc., and compacting of surrounding soil by vehicles.
- Boab Prison Tree, About-Australia.com. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
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