Monuments to Namatjira legacy lost to suspicious fire
Date January 4, 2013 Russell Skelton
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.
The smouldering remains of the gums, 16 kilometres west of Alice Springs on historic Larapinta Drive, were discovered on Thursday by Malcolm Connolly, a senior heritage officer, during a routine inspection following inquiries by Fairfax Media.
"I was shocked to find those imposing gums on their sides smouldering. I would say they had only been burning for 24 hours," he said. Connolly had gone to the site to check on the gums, which were to feature in an article about their pending heritage listing and conservation.