It is more probable that the burnt and blackened tree stumps, ubiquitous in the outback, and used as markers when giving directions to travellers is the origin - this sense of black stump is recorded from Tracks have been made, commencing nowhere and ending the same, roads have been constructed haphazard, bridges have been built that had no roads leading either to or from them, railways have terminated at the proverbial black stump.
This is our hour as we face the ultimate evil, the galactic destroyer of life. A ledge of rock on one side of the basin, screened by the branches of trees, forms a cool and shady retreat.
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