Edward Bytheway

Today we celebrate one of the founding fathers of Gympie – Edward Bytheway. Edward Bytheway was a business man, a mine owner and a community pioneer. He was instrumental in establishing the Nash… Continue reading

Widgee Divisional Board

The first meeting of Widgee Divisional Board was held on 25 February in 1880. Matthew Mellor was the first Chairman. You can read an account of the proceedings on Trove.  This content is… Continue reading

Zachariah Daniel Sparks Skyring Junior

Zachariah Daniel Sparks Skyring Junior, (13th July 1859- 1957) was born at Albert Street in Brisbane and was the son of Zachariah Skyring and Amelia Louisa Sparks. The Skyring family’s adventurous spirit was… Continue reading

Annie Skyring

Annie Skyring (nee Murphy) was the fifth daughter of Mary (nee Cullen) and Daniel Murphy of county Wexford Ireland who had initially arrived in Sydney before moving to Brisbane. The children travelled from… Continue reading

Amelia Louisa Skyring (nee Sparks)

Amelia Louisa Skyring (nee Sparks) was born in Sydney in 1841. When she was 17 years old she married Zachariah Skyring Senior on 29th September 1858 at St John’s Anglican Church in Brisbane.… Continue reading

The Nashville Times

The first edition of the Nashville Times and Mary River Mining Gazette was released on the 15 February, 1868.The title was later changed to Gympie Times and Mary River Mining Gazette on 17… Continue reading

Curtis Nugget

The Curtis Nugget was found on 6th February in 1868. It was the largest nugget found on the goldfields. Have a read of the article from the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin. Curtis Nugget Further… Continue reading

Gympie in Flood

Many of Gympie’s biggest floods took place during the early part of the year. The 1893 flood which was the biggest on record had 2 flood peaks in early-mid February a week apart. Other… Continue reading

Nashville Miner’s Hospital

The Nashville Miner’s Hospital was founded on 31 January in 1868. The hospital was paid for through subscription collected from the community. We have found a series of article from the Nashville Times in… Continue reading

Surface Hill Methodist Church, Gympie

The foundation stone for the Surface Hill Methodist Church was laid on 30 January 1890. Some notable Gympie people of the time who attended were Matthew Mellor (MLA) and Major Ferguson (Mayor). The architect… Continue reading