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Prison Boab Tree


Shire of Derby/West Kimberley

Place Number

There no heritage location found in the Google fusion table.


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



Construction Date

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
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Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
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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.


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



Epoch General Specific
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):


Last Update

02 Feb 2017


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