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James Nash State School captain Elaine Dakin joins James Nash’s descendants Michael and Linda Moore from Cairns  to celebrate James Nash Day at the school, which was named in honour of the prospector who discovered the Gympie goldfields.
James Nash State School captain Elaine Dakin joins James Nash’s descendants Michael and Linda Moore from Cairns to celebrate James Nash Day at the school, which was named in honour of the prospector who discovered the Gympie goldfields. Renee Pilcher

CHAINSAW artist Keith Gall was yesterday putting the finishing touches to a life-size wooden statue of James Nash at the school named in honour of the prospector who discovered the Gympie goldfields.

The champion chainsaw carver, recently returned from overseas, was commissioned to create the camphor laurel sculpture as a special celebratory piece for the school’s James Nash Day.

Mr Gall is probably best known to Gympie region residents for his silky oak carving of Australian fauna on display at the Save the Mary River Information Centre.

The school’s acting principal Robert Doust said Mr Gall’s carving of James Nash would be a permanent feature next to the poppet head at the school’s entrance.

A full day and evening of activities commenced yesterday morning with a whole school assembly and speeches and included Mr Gall demonstrating his chainsaw expertise, a staff versus student volleyball game, concerts and a visit from James Nash descendants Michael and Jocelyn Moore.

Michael and his wife Linda made the trip from Cairns and Michael’s sister Jocelyn came up from Tasmania for the occasion.

As well, past student Ben Tarlinton addressed present day students and did an excellent job, Mr Doust said.

“He spoke to the students about his experience at James Nash and encouraged them to get in and be a part of their school.”

School Captain Elaine Dakin said the day was a good reflection of school spirit.

Today, James Nash descendants Michael and Jocelyn will present a bible to the Two Mile State School community in memory of teacher Allan Nash who taught at the school at the turn of the 20th century.

Gympie Times


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