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Inventing a colonial dark tourism site: The Derby boab 'prison tree'


Harman, KE and Grant, E, Inventing a colonial dark tourism site: The Derby boab 'prison tree', Handbook of Prison Tourism, Palgrave MacMillan, J Wilson and S Hodgkinson (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 135-759. ISBN 978-1-137-56134-3 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1057/978-1-137-56135-0


A large hollow boab known as the "prison tree" just outside the small town of Derby in Western Australia is a major tourist attraction, visited by thousands of people annually. It is represented as a historic site, where Aboriginal people were incarcerated for opposing "heroic" European pastoralists attempting to found a modern Australia. To understand the "prison tree," it is vital to comprehend the impact on the Aboriginal traditional owners of the expansion of pastoralism to the Kimberley region in the 1880s and 1890s.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Prison Tree, Derby, colonialism, boab tree
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Harman, KE (Associate Professor Kristyn Harman)
ID Code:102592
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-08-28
Last Modified:2018-04-27

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