Gympie school placed on prestigious Queensland list
GYMPIE State High School, one of Queensland's first state high schools, has been entered in the
Queensland Heritage Register.
Established in 1912 and opened on its current site in 1917, Queensland Heritage Council Deputy
Chair Cr George Seymour said Gympie State High School demonstrated how state education and
school buildings in Queensland have evolved over time.
"Unfortunately a fire in 1955 destroyed the original main building, but this was soon replaced with
modern buildings,” Cr Seymour said.
The school retains a timber gymnasium built in 1941 through community fundraising efforts; a
timber temporary school building (1951); two timber and brick classroom blocks with timber floor
trusses (1955-6); and a brick and timber classroom block with an open-web steel truss (1958,
"The buildings are excellent examples of government-designed buildings constructed in response
to the education philosophies of the time,” he said.
"The high-set timber buildings represent the evolution of Department of Public Works designs
during the mid- to late-1950s to allow for unimpeded play space underneath.
"The temporary classroom building was developed in response to the extraordinary growth in
student numbers after World War II, when skilled labour was scarce and materials were in short
"The former gymnasium, which was later used as classrooms, represents the emphasis on sport
and fitness at Queensland state schools, and the early pattern of local communities having to raise
the funds required to provide sports facilities.”
GSHS principal Anthony Lanskey said the inclusion was a great honour for Gympie High, and recognition of its significant role in Gympie and Queensland.
"It's great that we have been recognised. We had a 1958 reunion here last Friday. These were in Year 9 when the old building burnt down. (The new building) was the first of that kind of building to be built in Queensland.”
Cr Seymour said the school had a strong and ongoing association with the Gympie and district
"The school opened on its current site in 1917 and generations of Gympie children have been
taught there, and it remains a focus for the community which continues to support the school
The school was nominated for heritage listing by the Department of Education and Training in
Stage 3 of its comprehensive The Queensland Schools Heritage Strategy.
"The Queensland Schools Heritage Strategy aims to identify, assess and protect Queensland
schools that may be of state heritage significance,” Cr Seymour said.
"Over a four-year period from mid-2014, the Queensland Heritage Council will consider 107
schools-all identified to be the best examples of their type-for entry in the Queensland Heritage
"I congratulate the Department of Education and Training for their efforts in undertaking this
extraordinarily comprehensive heritage survey of Queensland schools.”
The Queensland Heritage Council is the state's independent advisor on heritage matters and
determines what places are entered in the Queensland Heritage Register. Places entered in the
Heritage Register are considered of importance to Queensland's history and are protected under