The Tree of Knowledge

Commemorating the birthplace of the Australian Labor Party, the Tree of Knowledge is a multi-faceted memorial sheltering the preserved trunk of the original tree. The memorial dominates the main street of Barcaldine. The Australian Labor Party was born out of the 1891 Shearer’s Strike and crucial to this area. It was a time of unrest and standing up for a fair go. A time that also spawned the song Waltzing Matilda. The size of the Tree of Knowledge is a surprise. It is huge and most impressive, it is made up of 3500 sharpened lengths of timber hanging down on wires. As the warm Western Queensland breeze blows it becomes a giant walk through wind chime. What is that saying about politicians? Something about hot air?

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Tree of Knowledge, Barcaldine

 

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10 thoughts on “The Tree of Knowledge

  1. What an amazing monument. How I’d like to see it. I love the description, “As the warm Western Queensland breeze blows it becomes a giant walk through wind chime. ” How could anyone resist a place thus described?

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    1. Well, when you put it that way…it’s actually the ‘Holy Grail’ of our left wing political party, thus right wing voters get a little tentative, let’s say edgy about being seen anywhere near it. And that warm breeze has barrelled across half a continent of desert, it’s warm alright! All jokes aside it is a wonderful monument to our politics and struggles for what is right and a fair go. Western Queensland though hot and flat and dry will win your heart in a flash.

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