LAUNCHED: Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell unveils the map of the Bauple Heritage Trail.
LAUNCHED: Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell unveils the map of the Bauple Heritage Trail. Contributed

Bauple’s own heritage trail celebrates rich foundations

BAUPLE celebrated its rich historical foundations at the weekend, with the official opening of the Bauple Heritage Trail.

While the original buildings of the township may be gone, they are remembered and celebrated by the Mount Bauple and District Historical Museum.

After two years of information gathering, interpretive signs have been fixed to the ground with pictures and descriptions in place of the structures.

On Saturday, about 500 people attended the official celebrations hosted by the museum.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell opened the trail before Bauple School Children's Choir sang the national anthem, the town crier was heard and the time cannon was fired.

Market stalls, displays and a range of QCWA baked delights ensured visitors enjoyed their day out.

Museum president Trevor Keightley said it was encouraging to see so many people show an interest in the small town.

"The museum was full of people all day," he said.

"A lot of people met up with other people they hadn't seen for years."

After the formalities, visitors enjoyed a 3km stroll along the heritage trail.

They were the first to step out Bauple history and gain an insight into the things that "made the town go round".

When it was established in the late 1800s, Bauple was a thriving community with a sugar mill, timber mills, butcher, boarding houses and other businesses.

However, Mr Keightley said there was one important building missing.

"Bauple never had a pub. You would think a township of workers would have to have a pub," he said.

Perhaps one could still be discovered, as the museum continues to uncover more of Bauple's past.

Mr Keightley said projects like the trail were important for younger generations.

"There is more history to come," Mr Keightley said.

"There are future generations of kids that will be looking for this kind of information."

To explore the heritage trail, contact Mount Bauple and District Historical Museum on 4193 9341.

Gympie Times


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