Date Palms Phoenix dactylifera
Travellers in this remote outback arid region of South Australia, will witness
stands of palms, the result of Europeans having once lived and worked this land.
It was thought that the Afghan cameleers introduced the date palms to the
Australian outback, however, letters by The Honourable John Lewis mention his
involvement in bringing dates to the region.
Now it is recognised that most probably both the Lewis' and the Afghan
cameleers played a role in their distribution.
The Dalhousie homestead station has long been abandoned, a decaying site
placed on the
South Australia State Heritage Register. The only things surviving from that
era, are the date palms.