A forest of Turpentine-Ironbark trees once populated the ridge which runs adjacent to Glebe Point Road in Glebe NSW. Today only one tree remains and it is claimed to be Sydney’s oldest tree outside the Botanical Gardens. The tree bears a distinctive scar, cut with a stone axe by the original owners of the land where St Johns Anglican Church now stands. The bark which has been removed was probably used as a shield or coolamon (a container to carry water, fruit or nuts).
Scarred trees such as this are an important artefact of Aboriginal culture once present in what are now highly urbanised areas. They stand as a visual reminder of the landscape before clearance and colonisation and they must be preserved.
A field manual for scarred trees has been developed by the NSW Government and can be found here: