Welcome to Barcaldine
Barcaldine (bar-call-din), a historic little outback town at the junction of the Landsborough and Capricorn Hwys (Rte 66), gained its place in Australian history in 1891 when it became the headquarters of a major shearers’ strike. The confrontation led to the formation of the Australian Workers’ Party, forerunner of the Australian Labor Party. The organisers’ meeting place was the Tree of Knowledge, a ghost gum that was planted near the train station and long stood as a monument to workers and their rights. It was mysteriously poisoned in 2006, but a radical and impressive memorial now stands as a testament to those days.