The trees were near the town of Alice Springs in the center of the country. They are famous throughout the world of the artist Albert Namatzhira, often depicting eucalyptus on his watercolors. Authorities planned to introduce them to the list of national cultural heritage of Australia. Most recently, the works on their watering and protection from fire.
The incident occurred on December 30. The authorities believe that it was arson, but to find those responsible failed.
According to the Minister for the protection of the native population of the northern territories Alice Anderson, these eucalyptus glorified central Australia.
Writer Susan McCulloch called the incident "a tragic act of cultural vandalism."
Artist Albert Namatzhira, who died in 1959, is widely recognized for the outstanding landscapes, are views of central Australia.