The past in print


The Gympie Goldfield 1867-2008

The Gympie Goldfield 1867-2008

Authors John Ferguson and Elaine Brown tell the full story of one of Australia's most productive goldfields and celebrate Gympie's role as the town that saved Queensland.

Richly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, this book describes the growth of the local community, explores the prosperous eras of alluvial mining, shallow reefing and deep reefing, and discusses modern efforts to revive gold production.

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

The Gympie Goldfield 1867-2008

Wild Heart Bountiful Land

Wild Heart Bountiful Land

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

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Cooloola Shire...a golden past

Cooloola Shire… a golden past

In 2001, Cooloola Libraries published "Cooloola Shire...a golden past". The book details the history of the shire and includes many photos.

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Doctors of Gympie

Local author, Linda Atkinson has been researching the first doctors in Gympie. Each book is a delightful reminiscence of their life in the pioneering days of Gympie.

Doctor Theordore Edgar Dickson Byrne

Doctor Stephen John Joseph Burke


Ron and Yvonne Turner are volunteers assisting in the preservation of lighthouses in Queensland. Ron is a retired National Parks Ranger. They have graciously shared 2 books they have written on the lighthouses at Double Island Point and Bustard Head. 


Double Island Point LIghthouse

Bustard Head Lighthouse


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