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H43029.1 CH classification EXPLORATION Terrestrial tree section


Department

  • Cultures and Histories

Brief description

  • Celtis paniculata (native hackberry or silky celtis) carved tree trunk recovered from Sweers Island, Gulf of Carpentaria. The trunk of the tree bears engravings made by European explorers who visited the island during the 19th century.

Subject Notes

  • The Investigator Tree originally stood on Sweers Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, an important port on a major thoroughfare for 19th century Australian explorers. Members of several important expeditions in Australia’s history made their marks by carving names into this tree.

Details

  • Registration number: H43029.1
  • Classification: CH classification EXPLORATION Terrestrial tree section
  • Name or title: Investigator Tree
  • Production place: Australia
  • Production date: 1802-1885
  • History and use: The Investigator Tree originally stood on Sweers Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, an important port on a major thoroughfare for 19th century Australian explorers. Members of several important expeditions in Australia’s history made their marks by carving names into this tree.
  • State / province: Queensland
  • Country: Australia

Taxonomy

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