Janet Lee, Dr Elaine Brown, Cr Donna Neilson, librarian Rachel Lethem, and John Ferguson attend the awards ceremony.
Janet Lee, Dr Elaine Brown, Cr Donna Neilson, librarian Rachel Lethem, and John Ferguson attend the awards ceremony. Contributed

History book takes out silver

GYMPIE’S role as the town that saved Queensland was celebrated in December last year with the launch of a definitive book The Gympie Goldfield 1867 – 2008, written by well-known local historian Elaine Brown and Buderim-based author John Ferguson.

The painstaking research and time spent in compiling and preparing the book over two years was recognised recently at the National Trust of Queensland Bendigo Bank Heritage Awards at Old Government House.

It was great news for Ms Brown. “We are very pleased to have won it. There were a lot of books published... I am very pleased it scored a silver award,” she said yesterday.

The book took out the Silver Award in the Governor’s Awards category.

Passionate about local history, Mrs Brown said the book needed to be written to chronicle the Gympie’s whole history .

“We knew it was likely to win something... We got the silver award two years ago for the Then and Now website the library built.”

Gympie Regional Councillor Donna Neilson said the project was jointly funded through the Q150 Community Funding Program and council. “It was a great pleasure and honour to have the hard work and creativity of all involved in the research, writing, preparation and publishing of this book recognised at such a high level,” she said.

Demand for the book has been so strong it has been re-released in hardcover and is available from Gympie Regional Libraries.

Gympie Times


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