Remains of "Ghost Gum" trees, painted many times by the late Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira
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Australia ghost gum trees in Alice Springs 'arson attack'

Two ghost gum trees made famous by the work of Australian aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira have been found burnt.

Officials in the town of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory say they believe the fire was started deliberately.

The trees had been due to be added to a national heritage register.

The trees are regarded as living spirits in indigenous culture and feature in many of Namatjira's watercolour paintings.

Phil Mercer reports.

  • 04 Jan 2013