Aboriginal communities living along the rivers cut the bark from trees to build canoes.
This practice is not uncommon in Australia. Most people know these large “scars” as “Canoe Trees”.
While the bark was still fresh with moisture, it was easily able to be moulded.
The bark was tied into a boat-like shape. Canoes were “steered” by a long pole, similar to what we see today in island communities throughout the world. It is understood, that canoes did not last very long, as the bark eventually gave way to the continual immersing in water.
It is thought that primarily, the canoes were used for fishing, crossing waterways, or travelling downstream and then left when of no further use.
Whatever the reason, to be able to locate a Canoe tree on “Mt Morris” is a wonderful thing to see.
The watercourse it is located on, is purely now, an anabranch of the Langlo River…but then who says the Langlo River is where it used to be? 🙂
Another “Mt Morris” secret revealed exclusively for the first time, here, on this site.