Galamarrma, The Tree of Knowledge, Darwin, Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wayfinder Zukon
S 12° 27.874 E 130° 50.723
52L E 700567 N 8621377
Quick Description: A tree of cultural significance to both the aboriginal and the Australian eurasian diaspora.
Location: Northern Territory, Australia
Date Posted: 8/3/2009 8:17:58 PM
Waymark Code: WM6Y1X
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Black Dog Trackers
Views: 20

Long Description:
The Galamarrma, or Tree of Knowledge is located in the courtyard of the Darwin Civic Center. Unfortunately an estimated age of the tree is not provided, but given that the tree was well established at the arrival of Europeans, 200-300 years is not unreasonable. A nearby plaque provides information on the tree and reads:

Located on the site of the old Terminus Hotel in Darwin's old Chinatown, this tree has been used as a meeting place, postal address and community notice board. It was also a place where Chinese youth met with and learned from their elders and where wisdom was gained in its shade.
Known as the Tree of Knowledge, this ancient tree is culturally significant to the Larrakia Aboriginal people who know it as "Galamarrma". The tree, a Banyan (ficus virens) was well established by 1898 and is believed to be a part of the remnant rainforest which made way for the town of Palmerston - later Darwin.
The Terminus Hotel was progressively demolished following it closure in November 1931 and in 1969 community pressure saw the plans for the new Civic Center altered by three meters to accommodate the significant part of Darwin' history and heritage.
Darwin has been through three very destructive cyclones, including Tracy on Christmas Day 1974, and World War II when Chinatown was destroyed by fire. And, through it all, Galamarrma has survived to remind us of our past.

Pay parking is available in the Civic Center parking lot.
Genus/Species: Banyan (ficus virens)

Height: 40

Girth: 50

Method of obtaining height: Sighting along a 45 degree angle

Method of obtaining girth: Reliable source

Location type: Other public property

Age: 250

Historical significance:
This tree was significant to the orginal Larakia people, the chinese settlers of Chinatown, the original European settlers and later residents thought enough to save the tree by moving the new concil chambers to suit. The tree is in public land.


Planter: Believed to be part of the rainforest that predates European exploration.

Parking coordinates: S 12° 27.899 E 130° 50.760

Walk time: 1

Website reference: Not listed

Photograpy coordinates: Not Listed

Visit Instructions:
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The required photograph does not need to show the entire tree, but the individual tree must be recognizable.
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