The Tree of Knowledge

Penny Smith

Coffs Harbour, Australia

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Taken with a Nikon D60 at Barcaldine, QLD, Australia. As we drove into the main street this weird structure stood out so we had to stop and have a look. This tree is the remains of an old ghost gum that stood here until it died in 2006. As the plaque says, it stood as silent witness to the 1891 National Shearer’s Strike, which was a momentous struggle between the shearers and pastoralists over wages and working conditions of the time. It apparently was the site of the start of the Labour union movement and then that evolved in to what is now known as the Australian Labour Party. The wooden blades hanging down above the tree represent the shearers and their determination to win fair working conditions. It certainly stands out as a major attraction of Barcaldine !

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