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Cemetery crawl sheds light on early mining days

INSIGHT: Find out more about some of the city's well-known families and the hardships faced by our early miners at the Gympie Family History Society's October cemetery crawl tonight (Wednesday, October 19).
INSIGHT: Find out more about some of the city's well-known families and the hardships faced by our early miners at the Gympie Family History Society's October cemetery crawl tonight (Wednesday, October 19).

EVER wondered how Gympie's early mining families survived when the bread winner of the family lost his life in a mine accident?

The Gympie Family History Society will shed some light on this sad reality of our city's cradle days tonight when members recount the story of miner Thomas Savage at the society's final cemetery crawl for the year.

On Monday, April 18, 1887, Thomas Savage misplaced his footing and fell backwards down a shaft.

A huge effort was made to try and recover him, but it seems his body was never found.

Maybe you can find out what really happened to Thomas at tonight's cemetery crawl (Wednesday, October 19), while also hearing the stories of other Gympie families, including Beutel, Ryan, Mackay, Olsen and Cockburn.

The crawl gets under way from the shed at the Gympie Cemetery at 6.30pm, but come a little earlier for a chat.

Cost is $7.50 ($5 for GFHS members) and includes a light supper and booklet. There is also a vegie tray raffle for $1 a ticket.

The crawl will take place regardless fo the weather. Wear good walking shoes, bring a torch and bug spray if you need it.

Bookings to assist with catering and printing would be appreciated so give Di Woodstock a call on 0419 224 628.

Topics:  cemetery crawl gympie family history society whatson

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