Arron Marschke and Steve Adam give the Heritage listed court house a coat of paint.
Arron Marschke and Steve Adam give the Heritage listed court house a coat of paint. Tanya Easterby

All in good time for courthouse clock

GYMPIE'S Courthouse clock hasn't always had a good reputation for being on time, but that's about to change as the mechanism has been fixed.

The heritage listed building, one of the jewels in the city's heritage walk, is undergoing a makeover, which will help preserve it for the future.

Court registrar Kelly Hunt confirmed both courthouses were being spruced up.

Work on the Magistrate's Court has been completed.

It was painted inside and out and new carpet installed.

Now it was the Old Gympie Court House's turn.

Workman were continuing the huge job of pressure cleaning the exterior of the clock tower yesterday, while others were painting areas of the structure.

Ms Hunt said the courthouse would be painted in heritage colours after a few other issues like leaking windows were fixed.

A new spire will be placed on top of the clock tower dome, to replace the one damaged by lightning last year.

The clock mechanism has been repaired and Gympie residents will again be able to rely on the giant timepiece's accuracy.

Original majestic red cedar furniture and joinery along with historic mining maps inside the 112-year-old building, will remain untouched.

The courthouse is an historical example of early Australian architecture designed by a prominent Scottish architect and public servant, John Smith Murdoch.

It was constructed between 1900 and 1902 and replaced Gympie's first courthouse which is now the Australian Institute of Country Music.

The clock was a much later addition, placed in its tower in 1945.

Gympie Times


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