Rediscovering South East Queensland's eucalypt toolbox

1 Jun 2021
Eucaluptus tree
Dr Fensham has verified his findings with contemporary Indigenous community members, and said he was blown away by the versatility of eucalypts in the south east corner.

South East Queensland’s eucalypt trees can provide everything from medicines to tools, traps and building materials, according to rediscovered records of regional Indigenous knowledge.

The University of Queensland’s Associate Professor Rod Fensham has cross-referenced species data with the records of Gairabau, a Dungidau man, and German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, who travelled with Aboriginal people through the region in the mid-nineteenth century.

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