This is a memorial to Cumbo Gunnerah, the legendary great aboriginal warrior and leader of the Gunn-e-dar people of the Kamilaroi tribe. He was buried in a carved tree in the late 1700s. The tree and his remains were removed and are now housed in the Australian Museum in Sydney. A plaque now marks the site of where the tree was situated. 'The Red Chief', a book written by Ion Idriess depicts the life story of this great aboriginal warrior.
The Red Chief's remains and the carved tree have been handed over to the Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council in Gunnedah, to be displayed in the George Griffith memorial building built by the Land Council.