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Memorial tree commemorates Barcroft Henry Boake, outback balladist and boundary rider, author of "Where Dead Men Lie" . Barcroft hanged himself with his own stock whip on this spot at the age of 26.

Barcroft Boake was born in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1866. He received a better than usual education but turned his back on the city in favour of bush life, believing it to be 'the only life worth living.' He worked as assistant to a surveyor in the Snowy River country and later a a drover and boundary-rider in the Monaro and Western Queensland. He returned to Sydney in 1891 for family reasons but disappeared in May 1892. His body was found eight days later, hanging by the neck from a stockwhip, in scrub at Middle Harbour in Sydney.

 

Location

Address:Cammeray Road & Cowdroy Avenue, Roundabout, Cammeray, 2062
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.819278
Long: 151.223731
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Arts
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1991
Front Inscription

BARCROFT HENRY BOAKE 1866 – 1892.

IT IS SAID THAT BARCROFT BOAKE
OUTBACK BALLADIST AND BOUNDARY RIDER
AUTHOR OF “WHERE DEAD MEN LIE” HANGED HIMSELF WITH HIS OWN STOCKWHIP ON THIS SITE AT THE AGE OF 26.

THIS TREE WAS PLANTED IN 1991 TO REPLACE THE ORIGINAL
“HANGING TREE”
BY NORTH SYDNEY MUNICIPAL COUNCIL.

BARCROFT BOAKE IS BURIED NOT FAR FROM HERE AT
ST. THOMAS CEMETERY, WEST STREET, CROWS NEST

1992.              NORTH SHORE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
                       NORTH SYDNEY MUNICIPAL COUNCIL.

Source: MA,ADB
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