Tracing back to The Gympie Times' birth

Gympie Times editor Craig Warhurst at the Albion printing press which Gympie man Lex Stolberg’s great-grandfather Con Galloway helped bring to Gympie in 1868. Con was one of the first employees of The Gympie Times, then known as the Nashville Times.
Gympie Times editor Craig Warhurst at the Albion printing press which Gympie man Lex Stolberg’s great-grandfather Con Galloway helped bring to Gympie in 1868. Con was one of the first employees of The Gympie Times, then known as the Nashville Times. Tanya Easterby

BACK in Time, a recent Gympie Times publication celebrating the region's history, prompted Gympie man Lex Stolberg to approach the paper with an interesting snippet of history.

Mr Stolberg's great grandfather, Con Galloway, was one of The Gympie Times' first employees. The paper was at the time known as the Nashville Times.

Mr Galloway helped transport a printing press from Brisbane to Gympie by bullock wagons. This exact printing press remains with the newspaper today as a historic relic.

"I remembered my daughter having this old article about Con," Mr Stolberg said.

Born in Scotland, a youthful Mr Galloway arrived in Sydney and commenced an apprenticeship with the Sydney Morning Herald.

In early 1860, he travelled north to Brisbane and joined The Courier before landing a stint with the Queensland Times in Ipswich.

Mr Galloway's employment with the Queensland Times led to a move to Gympie in 1868 where The Nashville Times was born.

Gympie at the time was experiencing rapid expansion following James Nash's discovery of gold and bustling minefields created a demand for local news.

When gold was unearthed at Imbil, leading to a second gold rush, Mr Galloway relocated to the Mary Valley and reinvented himself as a successful storekeeper.

A business career in Imbil led to another change for Mr Galloway when he and his partner relocated to Roma and started the Roma Star newspaper.

A Gympie man at heart, Mr Galloway returned to Gympie years later and entered into a partnership with several others and operated the One Mile Sawmilling Company.

Upon selling his share of the business, Mr Galloway returned to Cootharaba before spending his later years between Sydney and the Noosa district.

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