Derby Prison Tree

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Have you ever been curious about various prisoner detaining methods used by older generations?

Some of the most interesting methods used the natural features within the landscape the civilisation was familiar with.
The Derby Boab Prison Tree, is a large hollow Boab (Adansoniagregorii) tree, on the outskirts of the remote town of Derby, in Western Australia.



The massive, ancient tree is thought to be about 1,500 years old.

The Derby Prison Tree was used for the very unique method for detaining a criminal in the outback.

This incredible tree is approximately 14 metres in circumference with a hollow centre and a doorway cut into its side.
The prison tree is reputed to have been used by early police patrols in the 1890s, as a lockup for indigenous Australian prisoners walking on their way to Derby for sentencing.

Today the Derby Prison Tree is a tourist attraction as well as a registered Aboriginal Site and is of cultural significance to local tribes.

On our Kimberley tours we bring our guests to the Derby Prison Tree where they can observe this unique living tree.
The Boab Prison tree is located seven kilometres from Derby in Western Australia’s rugged Kimberley region.

It is one of our favourite stops on our Broome to Darwin Tours and Darwin to Broome Tours.
 

 

 



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