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 footpaths 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 and effigies. At 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 pp
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
BANNER MAKING WORKSHOP
Contact us if you have questions or require further information about the Torchlight March.