Local History

With so much history in our region, you might need a week here to explore it all!

Enjoy the stories behind the gold mining town that saved Queensland. Take a walk along the heritage trails. Visit our historic buildings and preserved mine sites, or read the heritage information at our library or online.

Here are some ways to get started:

  • Take a walk around the region and explore historical places of significance.


  • A photographic link between the Gympie region's past and present. Made possible by the State Library of Queensland Strategic Development Grant.


  • There is a large collection of local history artefacts in Gympie Regional Library’s Local History room.


  • An online historical image collection dating back to the late 1800s. 

    View the Picture Gympie collection

  • This book tells the full story of one of Australia's most productive goldfields in Gympie. Written by John Ferguson and Elaine Brown, the book explores the growth of the local community.

    In 2010, this book received a National Trust of Queensland Bendigo Bank Heritage Award.

    Read The Gympie Goldfield 1867-2008

  • 'Wild Heart Bountiful Land' is an historical overview of the Mary River Valley. Produced by the Queensland State Archives in partnership with Cooloola Shire Council.

    Read Wild Heart Bountiful Land

  • Cooloola Shire...a golden past details the history of the shire using many historical photos.

    Read Cooloola Shire...a golden past

  • The Local Heritage Register is a compilation of local heritage buildings and sites. You can also view a copy at the Planning Department, 29 Channon Street, Gympie

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