RWP: The Historic Wyndham Prison Tree in Australia

By Djambalawa – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Today comes another random Wikipedia article ( RWP ) ( yes, I am that geek that reads the encyclopedia for fun ) about a prison tree. That’s right. You read it correctly. The prison tree is a hollow Australian baobab tree used to keep prisoners inside of it during the 1890’s located south of Wyndham, Western Australia. Whatever works, right? I’m certain it isn’t quite like as comfy as a Wyndham by Wingate.

My mind is blown again.

It was also known as the “Hillgrove Police Station” as marked on the tree along with about three hundred other travelers that marked their name on it ( see image below ). There is another tree ( 1500 years old!! ) near Derby, Western Australia possibly used for the same thing.

State Library of South Australia

Reference article ( original source of image article below ) ( this is neat, it’s kind of like you see in the movies when people go through old news articles trying to solve a crime or mystery, I wonder if the USA has any such archive of newspapers for public uses? ):

See the illustrations from page 29. WHAT?! 500 year old trees. Geezus. Another pretty cool characteristic about this tree is that holes in the tree will grow with the body instead of being ‘healed’ or filled in by growth ( as stated in article above ).

The article from ABC news in Australia claims jail in a tree never happened at all because “there is no evidence for it”. Wow, so suddenly something didn’t happen because, well…no evidence at least for the Derby tree. The same is not said for the Wyndham tree though.

Read another article – “A ‘BOOB’ IN A BOAB TREE” for size.


So I always have a blast doing these RWP (Random Wikipedia Page) posts. I hope you like reading them as much as I like trying to find something interesting on Wikipedia that I have never heard about. Got anything to add or another page I should consider covering? Let us know in the comments below.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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