Tree of Knowledge Memorial, Barcaldine

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The Tree of Knowledge is a heritage-listed tree in Oak Street, Barcaldine, Barcaldine Region, Queensland, Australia. The town was the headquarters of the 1891 Australian shearers' strike and the 1892 reading of the Labour Party manifesto leading to the formation of the Australian Labor Party (ALP). It was a 200-year-old Corymbia aparrerinja ghost gum. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.HistoryThe Tree of Knowledge is a ghost gum located in front of the Barcaldine railway station under which the workers of the 1891 Shearer's Strike met. An icon of the Labor Party and Trades Unions, it symbolises the foundation of the organised representation of labour in Queensland.Barcaldine sprang up in 1886 as the terminus of the Central Western railway. The area was already settled by pastoralists and had previously been centred on Blackall. Large sheep stations were like small townships with their own working facilities, stores, worker's accommodation and tradesmen such as blacksmiths. The owners and managers of these stations had considerable power to dictate terms to an itinerant workforce of sheep shearers recruited for the shearing season. Poor working conditions, low pay and the threat of competition from cheap foreign labour caused discontent within the industry.
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  • A reminder of the great fight under taken by the shearer’s fighting for their rights. Really shows up well in the evening. Take time to read the commemorative plaques.  more »
  • The memorial is a beautifully built feature that accurately portrays the negative features of the tree that originally stood there. The way the wood is used to outline the tree is clever and the light...  more »
  • This is such a significant piece of art to celebrate the historical beginnings of the Labour party. As an artist myself, I was seriously impressed with the monument. It is quite magical and who ever paid for it spared no expense. I loved that it was a gentle play with the winds and so it was an auditory experience as well as visually impressive. It is set in a beautiful small town. I drove all over this lovely village. It appears to be well loved by the residents who take pride in their homes, gardens and public places. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
  • The tree is there as is a new pavilion to hold its ancestors. The wood chimes overhead are a joy. The surrounding features are also worth a look particularly if your on the Spirit of the Outback train.

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