History buffs ready for 35th anniversary
GYMPIE Family History Society celebrates its 35th anniversary on Saturday, August 15.
The group will reflect on 35 years of recording local family history.
From a beginning under a member's house and with some shelf space lent to them by the local library, the society has grown into an organisation with an active membership whose aim is to research and record family histories.
The society now has its own rooms, computers, access to the internet and an extensive library.
This includes a vast collection of records pertaining to local family and community history.
This allows the society to undertake family history research locally, nationally and internationally.
These records are available for research by the public as well as members and can be accessed within our rooms, by mail or internet.
The cemetery crawls, started over 12 years ago, have grown in popularity and contributed greatly to the continued recording of local history.
In 2006 the society launched a Pioneer Register containing the details of many of Gympie's pioneering families.
In March this year the society unveiled a plaque at the cemetery to commemorate the contribution made by the Chinese community during the establishment of Gympie and the surrounding areas..
The 35th birthday celebrations will be held at the Railway Hotel at noon and will take the form of an informal luncheon.
Past members and friends are welcome. Bookings can be made at the society's premises at the corner of Mellor and Chapple streets. Phone 54828211 or email gfhs@spidrweb