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The Cazneaux Tree

Renowned art photographer, Harold Cazneaux, probably is best known in South Australia for his 1937 photograph of a large old river red gum near Wilpena Pound. Cazneaux titled the photo “Spirit of endurance” and the tree itself is now known as the “Cazneaux Tree”.

Cazneaux Tree comparison

On the right here is portion of a 1967 watercolour painting showing the tree from a viewpoint near to that used by Cazneaux. On the left in similar format is my 2007 photo of the tree.

From the website you will see that Cazneaux’s format was more artistic to emphasize the tree and that he even flipped the negative to achieve his desired result.

Since 1991 when Cazneaux’s grandson, Dick Smith, funded a plaque on site, the location of the tree near Wilpena Creek has been easy to find. Heading north on the Hawker to Blinman road, the turnoff to the tree west of the road is about 700 metres past the Wilpena turnoff.

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