Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Boab Prison Tree
The Boab Prison Tree is a large hollow Adansonia gregorii tree just south of Derby, Western Australia. It is reputed to have been used in the 1890s as a lockup for Indigenous In recent years a fence was erected around the tree to protect it from vandalism.
The massive ancient Boab Prison Tree is believed to be around 1,500 years old and sits on the outskirts of the remote northern town of Derby in Western Australia’s rugged Kimberley region. The tree is an incredible 14 metres in circumference. With its hollow centre and door cut into its side, the Boab Prison Tree was once used by early police patrols as a staging point for prisoners being walked into Derby.
Today, the tree is a registered Aboriginal Site and is of cultural significance to local tribes.The Boab Prison Tree is seven kilometres from Derby making it an easy drive from town.