Tree of Knowledge
The tree of knowledge is a ghost gum (Eucalyptus Papuana) growing in the main street in Barcaldine. It is situated in front of the Railway station and is celebrates as being the central meeting place for the Shearers' Strike during the upheaval in 1891.
Although the shearers' strike spread far and wide, Barcaldine became the central point of the strike leaders who were sentenced with conspiracy receiving three years hard labour. Although the dispute was settled before this the 13 leaders still had to serve their three years.
This disturbance eventually led to the formation of the Australian Labour party. The Tree of Knowledge committee commemorates the 1892 struggle with a beautifully landscaped garden. The tree is said to be at least 170 years old.
The Tree of Knowledge was included in the National Heritage List on 26th January 2006. Sadly it was poisoned in 2006 and did not recover. However a memorial has been erected and was opened on 2nd May, 2009.
The Tree of Knowledge Memorial Project was funded by
For more information, please contact the Barcaldine Tourist Information Centre on 07 4651 1724.
The Barcaldine and District folk museum is home to a collection of memorabilia from early days in and around Barcaldine. The former old National Bank, built in 1906, stood at the corner of Beech and Ash Streets until 1976 when it was placed in the corner of Beech and Gidyea Streets for use by the Museum Committee.
Additional displays are added from time to time. Family days are held the last Sunday of the month from March to November with mini steam train rides with smoko and lunch available. The museum is open from 7.00am to 5.00pm every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day.
For more information, please contact the Barcaldine Tourist Information Centre on 07 4651 1724. .
The Australian Workers Heritage Centre
Visit The Australian Workers Heritage Centre, custodians of the rich history, heritage and traditions of all working Australians. Within this museum styled complex, visitors can journey through exhibition space and historic work places of yesteryear- capturing the spirit of our nations' workers and where the stories of Australia's working history comes to life.
Designed with the weary traveller in mind and offering a place for reflection, The Workers Heritage Centre is sited on over 2 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens, complete with a bore-fed billabong of Olympic sized proportions. This oasis in the Outback also provides the convenience of picnic, BBQ and playground facilities with an onsite Retail Outlet.
For more information, please contact The Australian Workers Heritage Centre on 07 4651 1579.
Between the Bougainvilleas
Between the Bougainvilleas is an award winning heritage trail, which showcases some of Barcaldine's varied and colourful history. Maroon signs featuring windmill logo have been placed at significant historical sites around Barcaldine. Each sign gives you a brief history of the site and a photo of what originally stood at the site. By obtaining a booklet from the Information Centre, for a small price of $2.00 you can either walk or drive along the mapped out Heritage Trail.
For more information, please contact the Barcaldine Tourist Information Centre on 07 4651 1724 .
Artesian Country Tours
Contact: Tom Lockie
Ph: 07 4651 2211
Fax: 07 4651 2499