Destruction . . . vandals have ruined the Norman Jolly stone cairn on the Dorrigo Plateau. Photo: NPWS
Destruction . . . vandals have ruined the Norman Jolly stone cairn on the Dorrigo Plateau. Photo: NPWS

Who would desecrate a historic monument?

By CRAIG McTEAR

WHY anyone would want to desecrate a monument to Australia's first professional forester beggars belief.

But that's exactly what has happened at one of the Dorrigo Plateau's most popular attractions.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service says vandals have wrapped a chain around the Norman Jolly Memorial Grove cairn and used a four-wheel drive to tear it down.

"It is such a shame to realise there are people in the community with such little regard for local history that they would stoop so low as to damage this site," the NPWS Dorrigo Plateau area manager Dave Hitchcock said.

The Norman Jolly Memorial Grove is part of the Moonpar Forest Drive through Nymboi Binderay National Park.

Unveiled in 1957 in what was the then Moonpar State Forest, the memorial commemorates Norman William Jolly, who contributed to the teaching and practice of professional forestry in Australia.

He was South Australia's first Rhodes scholar and served as a lecturer and professor in forestry at Adelaide University, director of forestry in Queensland, and commissioner of forests in New South Wales.

"We plan to return the monument to its rightful position amongst a stand of gigantic tallowwood trees in Nymboi Binderay National Park in the near future," Mr Hitchcock said.

If you saw suspicious activity in the area between March 19 and March 22, contact the NPWS on 6657 2309.



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