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Bill and Barbara Moore (aka Prime Minister Andrew Fisher and his wife) arrive for the activities at the Andrew Fisher Day activities at the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum which honour the Gympie miner who went on to become Australia’s first elected Labor prime minister.
Bill and Barbara Moore (aka Prime Minister Andrew Fisher and his wife) arrive for the activities at the Andrew Fisher Day activities at the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum which honour the Gympie miner who went on to become Australia’s first elected Labor prime minister. David Crossley

A BIG crowd enjoyed perfect autumn weather at the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum yesterday, where a family day was held to honour Andrew Fisher, the Gympie miner who went on to become prime minister of Australia.

The day included an Andrew Fisher re-enactment and speech, plenty of colourful characters in period costume, heritage games, music, poster competitions and the launch of sponsor Cooloola Milk's new Cooloola Cheese.

Mayor-elect Ron Dyne officially opened the day at 10.30am.

A speech by "Mr Fisher" revealed how he was sent to work in the coalmines in Scotland from the age of 10 beside his father, completing his school studies at night.

At the age of 17, he was made secretary of the mine workers' union, and in 1885, he boarded a ship for Australia heading for the bustling gold mining town of Gympie where the rest, as they say, is history.

Mr Fisher was elected to parliament in 1893, and became prime minister for the first time in 1908.

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