Big Mallee Root Stump
Big Mallee Root Stump
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia35,509 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Huge stump located at the entrance of Blackburn Park. Well worth a stop as it’s an extremely quirky attraction you probably won’t see anywhere else
Written 9 November 2019
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C...
Victoria, Australia65,074 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A mallee root is the extremely hard, woody root of a mallee tree — a dwarf eucalypt that is often used for firewood, but is also valued by wood-turners because of its marbled grain.

Ouyen's Big Mallee Root was unearthed by Bert Holland when he was grading roads in the former Shire of Walpeup, and now sits pride of place in Blackburn Park.

And why did I stop to see this... as a child I recall my Great Grandmother burning mallee roots to keep herself warm on cold nights. As children we would take an axe and try to cut these piles of roots into small chunks for her. I admit I was not good at it... instead leaving my father and brothers to chop the wood and I would pick up the little pieces so she had kindling to start her fires. Even her hot water service ran on a water heater fuelled by fire.

There were also the stories that when they cleared the mallee of these stumps, the red dust reached Melbourne and dirtied the white sheets on the clothes line of another Grandmother. It seems that there was some truth in this story as the mallee was cleared of these leaving the soil exposed. Dust storms swept the Mallee dust for miles.

So I stopped my father on our road trip to see this and he said it was the biggest he had seen... and then proceeded to tell me how to break it into smaller pieces with an axe. :)
Written 20 August 2019
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Michael Rohan S
Greater Sydney, Australia997 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
This tree has a root system that I have never seen before. It was drought resistant and adapted to this sun baked country. But what did the people do? They pulled them out and that's what's celebrated. But when you drive around that countryside, all you see is drought affected land. These unique plants should be re-planted in Australia to counteract climate warming. There are no signs directing you to this historic reminder of what Australia's countryside should be like which is a shame.
Written 16 March 2019
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FyingKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand949 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
Supposedly the largest Mallee tree stump in all of Australia, yet its significance appears not to warrant being signposted for travelers to admire. Only found when stopping at the Information board at one end of town, and it happened to be right next to it. Across from the intersection of B12/A79.
Written 17 January 2019
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