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Gympie's Claim to Fame
In 1867, James Nash discovered 75 ounces of gold in just 6 days. This started the Gold Rush in what was first known as Nashville (later named 'Gympie Creek'). At the time of Nash's discovery, Queensland was suffering from a severe economic depression. Gympie became known as "The town that saved Queensland from bankruptcy."
Panning for alluvial gold made many prospectors rich.
The Gympie Goldfield operated for 60 years until 1927, producing 3.5 million ounces of gold. It had an average ore grade of 24 grams of gold per tonne making Gympie the 6th largest goldfield in Australia and the 3rd largest in Queensland after Charters Towers and Mount Morgan.
The stamper batteries crushed the ore to extract the gold.
Gympie became a municipality in 1880 and a town a decade later. It became a city by 1905. Gold mining continued for twenty years, and Gympie became the most important regional centre for having a rich variety of agricultural activities including cattle (beef and dairy), pigs, tropical fruit and vegetables.
In the past, Gympie dairy even named their butter 'Gold Nugget'.
You too can celebrate the discovery of gold in Gympie at the annual Gympie Gold Rush Festival, on Saturday 17th October 2015. During the festival there will be plenty on offer including live entertainment, food and market stalls, face painting, jumping castles and fun rides.
Activities on the day include:
11am - 3pm Classic car and bike show. Trophies will be awarded for 7 different categories. (Nelson Reserve and later in the Mary St Parade)
11am - 3.30pm Gold Rush Family Fun Day (live entertainment, food stalls, market stalls, face painting, jumping castles, fun rides)
4pm - 4.30pm Mary Street Parade
4.30pm - Gold Rush Family Party continues in Nelson Reserve
4.30pm - 7pm Live Entertainment
7pm Laser Light Show
It promises to be a great day out for the whole family.