Monthly Archive: October, 2017

Pettigrew’s Cooloola Tramway Complex

On 30 October 1873 the colony’s first private railway, operated by Pettigrew and Sim to haul kauri pine timber from the scrubs of the Cooloola sandmass, was officially opened. The ‘Kaloolah’ railway line… Continue reading

Tamaree Rail Disaster

Six people were killed in a train accident at Tamaree on Saturday 18 October, 1941. The south bound Rockhampton to Brisbane train was waiting for the Townsville train to pass on loop when… Continue reading

Normanby Bridge

Opening of the present Normanby Bridge 1959 The present Normanby Bridge was opened on 17 October 1959. According to the Gympie Times Tuesday 20 October 1959 “An estimated 2000 people crowded the northern… Continue reading

Gold Discovered in Gympie

James Nash discovered gold in Gympie in Nash’s Gully in 1867. After which, it started a wild rush to the Gympie goldfields. The goldfields eventually yielded over £14 million worth. Gympie became known… Continue reading

Opening of the Civic Centre 1977

Opening of the Civic Centre 1977 The Gympie Civic Centre was officially opened by Queensland Premier Mr Joh Bjelke-Petersen on Thursday 13 October 1977 with the Premier stating “that is was a very… Continue reading

The passing of James Nash

The death of James Nash James Nash discovered gold in Gympie in Nash’s Gully in 1867. He was born on 5 September 1834 at Beanacre, Wiltshire, England, son of Michael Nash, farm labourer,… Continue reading

Gympie Telephone Exchange

Gympie Telephone Exchange The Gympie Telephone Exchange first began operation on 1 October 1901 with 54 subscribers. The first telephone call in Queensland was made in 1878 to Ipswich from the office of… Continue reading