Paul and Bonnie West hosing out the museum outbuildings.
Paul and Bonnie West hosing out the museum outbuildings. Contributed

Volunteers begin clean-up of museum after floods

A HANDFUL of volunteers have started the clean-up at the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum after the flooding of its lowest buildings, including Monkland Station, the machinery shed and the boiler room and steam equipment.

Museum volunteer and junior vice-president Allan Blackman said most of the going engines and vehicles were moved to higher ground, or the magnetos were removed.

"It wont be the last time that much of our old machinery gets flooded, and after a clean up and service they will be okay," Mr Blackman said.

"One of our stacks of firewood tried to escape and landed on the fence.

"We were lucky it (the flood) didn't come a metre higher. If the tank went under the rest of the museum's contents would be almost destroyed - and Gympie would be mainly underwater."

Mr Blackman said the museum was lucky to have the help of a family who were stranded at Monkland.

"Paul and Bonnie West and Ela Bumanglag from Tannum Sands were happy to trade help for shelter, and their efforts are appreciated as most of our volunteers have been unable to get here," he said.

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