Australian trees made famous by Aboriginal artist destroyed

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A pair of “ghost gum” trees in Australia’s outback made famous in watercolors by Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira have been destroyed in a suspected arson attack, shortly before they were due to be placed on a national heritage register. Namatjira is credited with bringing ghost gums, native trees featured in Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and named for their white bark that glows in moonlight, to wider public consciousness as a symbol of Australian identity. …

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