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The Gregory Tree. Australia

The Gregory Tree, Northern Territory, Australia

The Gregory Tree is a significant tree in the history of Australia. It was here in 1855-56 that the AC Gregory expedition camped. The boab tree in the photo was carved by members of the party with the dates they arrived and left the camp. Gregory was one of the first Europeans to explore north and west outback Australia.

What amazed me about the tree was that they used a serif font when they engraved their names in the trunk 150 years ago.

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  1. Cole says:

    Serif? How interesting.

  2. Dee says:

    This is marvellous. One wonders how in the world and in the tree bark at that.

    With Iphones and twitter I hope this skill never dies.

  3. Oooops! sorry for the dup msg. Thought it hadn’t sent due to very long send time. K

  4. Hi Gary!

    Great picture. Love the boab. Did you know that 150 years ago people could write in copperplate as fast as a person could talk?

    In the 1970’s I heard of a person who could do that — he was selling his beautiful handwriting ability as an attraction at gala charity fundraisers!

    Lettering and the handwritten word used to be a thing of great pride and an indication of a well-educated well-bred person.

    Happy travels.

    Karen

  5. Hi Gary!

    Great picture. Love the tree. Did you know that 150 years ago people could write in copperplate as fast as a person could talk?

    In the 1970’s I heard of a person who could do that — he was selling his beautiful handwriting ability as an attraction at gala charity fundraisers!

    Lettering and the handwritten word used to be a thing of great pride and an indication of a well-educated well-bred person.

    Happy travels.

    Karen

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