Suspicious blaze destroys Namatjira's twin ghosts

Submitted: Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 12:14
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TWO majestic ghost gums that were iconic images in Albert Namatjira's landscape paintings have burnt to the ground in suspicious circumstances, just weeks before they were due to be placed on the heritage register.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/suspicious-blaze-destroys-namatjiras-twin-ghosts-20130103-2c7hs.html#ixzz2GxtEOPXC
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Very sad if it turns out to be a deliberate act of vandalism.

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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 12:56

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 12:56
Gday Val,
Im quite supprised they lasted as long as they did!

Cheers
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Reply By: mfewster - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 13:24

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 13:24
Yep, that's sad. However they were already in very poor health when I saw them last, about 6 years ago. At that time I didn't think they would survive even this long.
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 15:00

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 15:00
We have an old souvenir wall - hanging type thingy showcasing the attractions in the Alice Springs district. It was purchased back in 1979. On it are the Twin Ghost Gums. Alas they were gone by 1999. Pity that there isn't a seedling planting program. Bung in a few pairs in every second gorge - in an environmentally friendly manner of course - and by 2050 or 70 our hanging will be accurate again.... W
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 15:44

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 15:44
If the trees weren't their in 1999, how can they be burnt now?
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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 18:13

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 18:13
Hmmm, been digging and delving in the old photo albums. Seems we were misinformed in '99. Got to see a massive 300 year old ghost gum but did not reach Twins' site. So where are( were ) they? Lots of pix on Google images and info that they are 23km west of Alice. Coordinates anyone...W
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 12:52

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 12:52
Lat 23°44'8.38"S Long 133°43'57.63"E
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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 15:57

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 15:57
Thanks Hairy, spot on. They are on the southern (left)side of Larapinta Drive only 16 km west of the Alice and about half a click west of the Simpsons Gap turnoff. I will add the location to Places when I find the add a new place button. Put map onto hybrid or satellite and zoom to 14 as the icon will obscure the trees - or rather the image google maps took some time ago. Move the cursor until you see the decimalised coordinates which are 23.735661°S and 133.732675° E.... W
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Reply By: terry j2 - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 18:13

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 18:13
The gums were there 18 months ago. I was driving a tour bus aound Alice and they were a regular stopping place. Sad that they have gone.
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 21:05

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 21:05
A 'local' on the news said to wait until the rains came and they could start to grow again. Patience certainly is a virtue.

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Reply By: SDG - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 03:45

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 03:45
Damn. I wanted to have a look at them when up there in a few months. Been looking at the water colours of those trees ever since I was born. Mum and Dad got a few of the paintings as a wedding present.
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