Prison Boab Tree

Like all countries, Australia holds some dark history. The Wyndham Boab Prison Tree on the beautiful King River Road is one of those examples. Unlike the famous Derby "Prison Tree", this tree really was used as a prison in Australia's early history as a halfway point and overnight stop between Old Halls Creek and Old Wyndham. Prisoners were captured for things like stealing cattle and were shipped down to Perth, Rottnest and other jails. The police cut the opening into the Boab Tree -  the words "Hillgrove Lockup" were cut into the trunk. With hundreds of new names and initials that have been cut into the boab since then and with time, this has almost completely disappeared and had become an almost forgotten name for the tree. 
This photo has been shared with us, with permission from Kool Kampers

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