Boab Prison Tree, Derby

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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.[1]

In fact, there is no evidence that the Derby Prison Tree was ever used for holding prisoners.[2]

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.

The Boab Prison Tree in 1960.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DANCE OF THE BOAB.". The Australian Women's Weekly (National Library of Australia). 2 February 1966. p. 26. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Vincent Serventy, Nature Walkabout (A. H. and A. W. Reed, 1967)


Coordinates: 17°21′03″S 123°40′12″E / 17.3507°S 123.6699°E / -17.3507; 123.6699