Going to Kia-Ora School

I went to the Kia-Ora State School. It was a two teacher, two classroom school. I started straight into grade one. Never a day of kindergarten or any sort of warm up at… Continue reading

Growing up on Webster Road

I was born in 1952. My father owned a small agricultural farm in Webster Road, Goomboorian. He grew pawpaws (that is how it was spelt in those days). He also grew beans in… Continue reading

Restaurants in Mary Street

Gympie now boasts many restaurants guaranteed to supply a fine dining experience. Many years ago Tobin’s Cafe in Mary Street was hailed as the place to go for morning or afternoon tea or… Continue reading

Cullinanes Plaza

After reading yet another article about supermarket rage, parking rage, trolley rage and whatever else sort of rage I began to recall when I was a young girl (some 50 years ago) about… Continue reading

Biddle Engraved Horns

Peter Biddle immigrated to Australia in 1865 landing in Maryborough.  In 1870 the family came to Gympie and Peter entered into the butchering trade.  The family story states that he had these bullock… Continue reading

Remember when …

Remember when you turned 17 that the most important thing to do was to go to the Police Station to get your Learner’s Permit. Remember how it wasn’t much later (I think 14… Continue reading

Nestle factory

The entertainment industry is a multi- billion dollar concern today. We have i-pods, i-phones, i-pads and many more gadgets that seem to start with the letter “i”, mainly i want. When I was… Continue reading

Our lifestyle has changed…

As I drove along the city streets lined with overflowing green garbage bins and the bright yellow lidded recyclable bins, I remembered when Gympie had the small metal bins. Householders were not required… Continue reading

About Mr G. Thomas

R. George Thomas, one of Gympie s best-known citizens, is approaching his 75th year (he was born here on July 29, 1889). Apart from a penchant for Local history, soldiering has always been… Continue reading

School Memories

At the start of primary school life for my brother and myself, our family shifted into the “City” of Gympie from our quiet rural life at Widgee. The busy traffic and the large… Continue reading