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Prison Boab Tree

Author

Shire of Derby/West Kimberley

Place Number

00693
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Location

Derby-Gibb River Rd 4 km from Derby Town Commonage

Location Details

Adjacent to Myall's Bore, Derby Town Commonage

Local Government

Derby-West Kimberley

Region

Kimberley

Construction Date

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 01 Dec 1995 Category 2

Category 2

Highest Level of Protection;

Statement of Significance

The Prison tree is significant as much because it has become a symbol for the town of Derby as for the history associated with it. It represents the harsh treatment prisoners often received in the north of Australia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Physical Description

Large hollow boab tree believed to have been used as a holding post for prisoners who were being taken into Derby.

History

Prisoners were often marched in chains over hundreds of miles, from their places of arrest for trial and imprisonment.
The prison tree is a well established tourist landmark.

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
6607 Register of significant trees as at June 1988. Report 1988

Place Type

Tree

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Present Use SOCIAL\RECREATIONAL Other
Original Use GOVERNMENTAL Gaol

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Workers {incl. Aboriginal, convict}

Creation Date

30 May 1989

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

02 Feb 2017

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