"GYMPIE!" Gympie by balhannah
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THE TOWN THAT SAVED QUEENSLAND
Gympie, and where the Town Hall is situated today, is where in 1867, gold was discovered by Prospector, James Nash. Just 8 years after Queensland had separated from New South Wales, Banks in Queensland and London failed, many immigrants arrived making unprecedented unemployment, chaos and civil disturbances.
James Nash, a young migrant from Wiltshire, England, discovered alluvial gold in 1867. He reported his find to the authorities, and within 6 months, there were over 15,000 men mining the Gympie alluvials, even unearthing nuggets!
THE GYMPIE GOLD-RUSH BEGAN!
The largest nugget ever found in Queensland, was in 1868,
the 30 kilogram (975 oz) Curtis Nugget, named after its finder George Curtis.
When Gold was discovered, Queensland was facing bankruptcy due to drought and lower wool prices. It happened at the right time, as it was just the thing to boost the Queensland economy, and enable the colony to survive.
Gympie is a city of 16,000 people, located on the Mary River, about 170 kilometres north of Brisbane.
We paid a visit to the Gold Mining Museum where this part of history is covered by an old village, and exhibits.
A walk in the main street took me past traditional shopfronts, and 19th century architecture and a detour past Anzac Murals to the nearby park.
Every year, Gympie also holds a 6 day, country music Muster, in nearby Amamoor Creek State Forest Park. Thousands flock to this event, as each year, Australia's finest musicians are here.
Camping is a must!
WHERE IS GYMPIE?
Gympie is located right on the Bruce Highway, under 2 hours drive north of Brisbane.
There is some nice scenery around, plus the dolphins of Tin Can Bay, and the Mary Valley Rattler Steam Train ride.
- Cons:Can be very hot or very cold
- In a nutshell:Historic town surrounded by lovely countryside.
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