Torchlight March

TOK FESTIVAL

SIGNATURE EVENT
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TORCHLIGHT MARCH 2016

In 1891, striking shearers held a torchlight procession through the streets of Barcaldine. Over one thousand unionist footmen accompanied by sixty horsemen and the wife of a local publican at the head of the march, paraded the streets led by the town band. Flags, banners and effigies were part of the parade: “Evil to him who evil thinks”; “Wealth and Want. Sir Samuel Griffith and all traitors will meet their doom”; and “Barcoo M.L.A., weighed in the balance and found wanting”. An immense crowd including women and children lined the footpimg_9849aths to watch the parade, cheering and yelling, spurred on by the march Marshalls. After a symbolic burning of the effigies, the crowd dispersed quietly.
In 2016, this event was recreated for the first time and was a spectacular experience.  http://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/3883988/thousands-celebrate-shearers-strike-125th-anniversary-photos/#slide=1


2017 TORCHLIGHT MARCH SPECTACULAR     

YOUR CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE A RE-ENACTMENT OF THIS HISTORIC EVENT       

As a participant marcher, you will have the opportunity to be fitted for period costume and make placards to wave aloft as you march behind the banners-bearers andimg_9883 effigies.  img_9874At the end of the Torchlight March, you can experience the local Indigenous dancers’ traditional welcome to country by joining in with the dancers. 



2017 MARCH PARTICIPATION OPTIONS

Marchers  (In costume fitting required pre-March/ not in costume)                      $20 pp

Banner Bearers                                                                          $100 ppimg_9855

Effigy burners                                                                            $200 pp


Children are most welcome as marchers (costumes are available)  but are not permitted to register or participate as banner bearers or effigy burners for safety reasons

MARCHER PREPARATION  Sunday 30 from 9am – 3pm             img_9777img_9957

BANNER MAKING WORKSHOP   7373698-3x2-700x467

COSTUME FITTINGS                

   

 


Contact us if you have questions or require further information about the Torchlight March.