CHAIN REACTION: Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne wore the Mayoral Chain at this year’s Australia Day ceremony. He is pictured with former Gympie City Council Mayor Joan Dodt who was the Mayor when the chains were made and presented to council.
CHAIN REACTION: Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne wore the Mayoral Chain at this year’s Australia Day ceremony. He is pictured with former Gympie City Council Mayor Joan Dodt who was the Mayor when the chains were made and presented to council. David Crossley

Mayor finds link to missing chain

IT has more than 300 grams of sterling silver and gold in the chain, was a gift from the people of Gympie – and it went “missing” from November 1993 until April 2009.

The Mayoral Chain was presented to the then Mayor Joan Dodt (now Joan Adcock) in 1988 during Gold Rush celebrations and at the end of 1993 they ostensibly went missing.

“I searched for them when the Women in Local Government booklet was being put together,” Mrs Adcock said.

“So many people thought it had gone missing but it was in the (council) strong room.

“I thought it had gone to the museum.”

After a hiatus of almost six years, the chains were worn again this year by Gympie Region Mayor Ron Dyne at this year’s Australia Day ceremony.

“The community and the organisations involved in making the chain thought me worthy of it and I am happy that it is being used again,” Mrs Adcock said.

At the time, the combined efforts of Gympie Traders Association, Gympie Chamber of Commerce, Gympie Lions club and Gympie South Lions Club with the Gold Rush Committee co-ordinating, the city of Gympie was presented with this valuable token.

“The chain is a symbol of progress and we will certainly be working alongside Gympie City to continue this progress,” then Councillor Adrian McClintock said at the time.

Gympie Times


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