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Did you know that Gympie has been cited as the “town that saved Queensland from bankruptcy”? Find out how, plus other stories from the past, by visiting the Gympie Gold Mining & Historical Museum today.

In 1867, James Nash discovered 72 ounces of Gold in just 6 days. This started the Gold Rush in Gympie and is why it became known as The Town that saved Queensland from Bankruptcy.

Gympie has experienced the rush for alluvial gold, deep reef mining, reprocessing of tailings and the re-opening of the mines in the eventual mid-1980s.

Today there still remains the lure of residual gold – and there may well be more to come!

The museum site comprises over 5 hectares containing over 30 display areas in and around 15 major buildings.

Explore The Tank

The Tank was originally a water reservoir constructed in 1902 and was part of the mining lease for the No.2 South Great Eastern Mine. It now houses the main exhibition building and provides a snapshot of the contents of the entire museum site.

The Stamper Battery

The other remnant of the original mining operation is the stamper battery. Although only 10 heads of the original 80 remain, they are still on the original footings and give a feel for the magnitude of the early mining operations.

The No2 South Great Eastern Shaft

This is accessable via a reconstructed gantry and is an operational boiler house and steam-powered winding engine, air compressor, generator and ancillary machinery. Check out the museum’s Events Page for steaming dates.

Other Exhibits

As well as the mining theme, the museum features exhibits from the timber industry, dairy industry, primary production, gems, transport, military and a wide range of social history covering Andrew Fisher an early Australian prime minister, lodges, religion, family and floods.

There’s a lot to see and enjoy so be sure to allow a minimum of 2 hours to browse the displays and exhibits.

When you have finished you can sit and enjoy lunch on the verandah overlooking the Parks and Lakes, and perhaps buy a memento of your visit.

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7 days/week (Except Christmas Day Boxing Day  & Good Friday)

Entrance fees: Family $25, Adults $10, Concession $7, Students (5-16) $5

Directions: Entrance is via the Café at the Museum

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Published in Friday, January 18th, 2019, at 7:08 am, and filed under Gympie, Places to Visit.

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