At the termination of his third attempt at crossing the Australian continent between October, 1861-July, 1862, John McDouall Stuart planted a flag on a tree on the shores of Van Diemen’s Gulf overlooking the Indian Ocean. J.M.D.S. was cut into the bark of a large tree, a short way inland.
This tree was subsequently burnt down. 2 (a). The oil painting of Stuart’s tree in Van Diemen’s Gulf was painted by Annie E. Billiatt and shows on the left G. R. McMinn and on the right of the tree J. L. Parsons. 2(b).A photograph of the same tree. The piece of wood at the bottom of the frame was reputed to have been cut from a bough of the tree. Presented by Mrs. A. K. Baker of Unley. 2 (c). A portion of a branch of Stuart’s Tree. This piece of wood was obtained for Mr. Dashwood when he was Government Resident in the Northern Territory. The tree has since been destroyed by a bushfire.
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