Event to recognise efforts
HISTORY will be brought to life this weekend when Andrew Fisher Day is celebrated at the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum on Monday, May 3, and Mr Fisher himself will make an appearance.
Marilyn Soanes, member of the organising sub-committee, said it would be a family day with plenty to see and do.
Andrew Fisher was a coal miner who migrated to Australia from Scotland, living for some time in Gympie. The three-time Labor prime minister of Australia sponsored important legislation in the fields of social welfare, economic development, labour relations and defence.
Fisher held the House of Representatives seat of Wide Bay from 1901 until 1915.
On Monday, there will be a re-enactment with Mr and Mrs Fisher arriving in a chauffeured vintage car. Local soldiers will form a guard of honour.
“Mr Fisher” will then deliver a speech on the veranda of the house where he began his married life with Margaret Irvine in 1891.
The morning will include the Last Post, raising of the flag and local songstress Karyn DeVere singing the anthem.
At noon, Member for Gympie David Gibson will officially open the day.
The Queensland Mounted Historical Troop Band from Brisbane will supply music and, in recognition of Andrew Fisher’s Scottish heritage, the Caledonian Hill Pipe Band will also perform.
Demonstrations will include pottery, working machinery and a blacksmith shop, as well as demonstrations by the 5th Light Horse Brigade.
The museum cafe will provide a budget sausage sizzle, with billy tea and damper provided by the Scouts.
Mrs Soanes said for a gold coin donation the children could ride the merry-go-round and entry to the museum was half price.