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

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