Members of Gympie’s Uniting Church congregation inspect the Bible display marking the 400th anniversary of the printing of the King James Bible.
Members of Gympie’s Uniting Church congregation inspect the Bible display marking the 400th anniversary of the printing of the King James Bible. Contributed

Historic Bibles on display at church

THREE Bibles printed in Aboriginal languages have been displayed at Gympie’s Uniting Church.

The Bibles went on show as part of worldwide celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the publishing of the King James Bible, now commonly called the Authorised Version.

The most significant of the three Bibles was one printed in the Djambarrpuynu language spoken on Elcho Island.

The late Dianne Buchanan, who once lived at Goomboorian, was in charge of the team that translated the Bible into the language of Elcho Island.

The Bible display comprised more than 50 European and Asian Bibles and Gospels printed in 35 languages.

Also on display were some family Bibles dating back to the 1860s.

Another interesting Bible carried with it significant Gympie history as it once belonged to Andrew Fisher who lived in Gympie and became the Prime Minister of Australia. Andrew Fisher was at one time superintendent of the One Mile Presbyterian Church.

Gympie Times


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