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The Boab Prison Tree

Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:02 pm

Outside the town of Derby, in Western Australia, is another tree that has been put to use by mankind. The Boab Prison Tree is so named because its stout trunk, 14m in circumference, has been cut into to form a small cell used as a prison.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:04 pm

Police who were walking their prisoners into town would use the tree as a temporary holding cell overnight before carrying on to their final destination.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:05 pm

The Boab is approximately 1500 years old, and visitors are asked to view it from behind a fence to stop it being damaged, however few resist the temptation to go inside.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:07 pm

The Boab of Derby is not the only Boab tree turned into a prison, there is another of comparable size outside the town of Wyndham, which is less often visited due to its isolation.


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