Mary Murphy (nee Cullen)

Mary Murphy (nee Cullen) the wife of Daniel Murphy arrived early on the Gympie Goldfield in 1867. She had come in search of her youngest son who had left for the Gympie gold… Continue reading

Brief history of the Memorial laneway and Memorial Park

The land fronting Reef Street, River Road, and Young Street – now Memorial Park was once the location of the Union and Ferguson Sawmill. The Memorial Laneway situated off Mary Street was originally… Continue reading

Gympie’s Famous Boxing Campion

Archie Bradley was a famous Boxing Champion back in the 1920’s. He was known as the “Gympie Whirlwind” or the “Gympie Tornado”. Archie was born at Wickham Street in Gympie on 4 January… Continue reading

Tree felling contest at the Brisbane Exhibition in 1928

Max Krough dropped in this wonderful story about his father winning the first ever tree felling contest at the Brisbane Exhibition in 1928.  “My father John Krough from Gympie was the winner of… Continue reading

Woolooga Lane

My Grandmother’s name was Elizabeth Ann Thefs and she married Carl Ludwig Taebke. Carl Taebke migrated to Queensland from Pomerania which was part of Prussia and has since been divided between Germany and… Continue reading

Simple Fun

When we were kids back in the 1930’s we would go down to the local creek (North Deep Creek), to the swimming hole particularly if it was a hot day. It was just… Continue reading

Gympie’s First Aboriginal Nurse

My cousin, Lorraine Smith, known to the family as “Billy Boy” was the first Aboriginal Nurse at the Gympie Hospital. She had just finished school in 1955 and had decided to become a… Continue reading

Childhood in Traveston

My mother’s name was Sarah Bassett nee Johnson. When my Mother’s mother and father were in hospital in the year 1929, she lived with her mother’s cousins Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Agnes… Continue reading


Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong Under the shade of a Coolibah tree, And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled: “Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?”… Continue reading