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graffiti on Chambers Pillar
Chambers Pillar (Aboriginal name 'Idracowra' or 'Etikaura') is a sandstone formation some 160 km south of Alice Springsmarker in the Northern Territorymarker of Australia. Erosion by wind and rain has left an isolated pillar of 350 million year old sandstone, rising 50 metres above the surrounding plain.

John McDouall Stuart was the first European to see Chambers Pillar, reaching the site in April 1860, and naming it after James Chambers, one of his South Australianmarker sponsors. During the subsequent 147 years numerous visitors have added graffiti by carving names in the soft sandstone at the base of the pillar. This is proving a dilemma for the government body responsible for its conservation; at what age is graffiti of historical importance and not just graffiti?

Chambers Pillar is accessible by 4WD track only. Day tours from Alice Springs are often combined with a trip to Rainbow Valley.


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