What was making news over the past 100 years in Gympie?
25 YEARS AGO
LEN Stephan is set to start his sixth term as Member for Gympie after a convincing win at Saturday's election. At the close of counting on Saturday night, Mr Stephan was more than 800 votes ahead of his nearest rival, ALP candidate Geoff Brown. A large swing to the National Party was evident as Mr Stephan increased his share of the primary vote from 32.6% in 1989 to 39.4% on Saturday. Mr Brown's primary vote remained even at 34.6%; 13% went to independent Bruce Chapman and 11% to Liberal John Cotter.
A GIANT birthday cake will be one of the highlights of Gympie's Birthday Crazy Day on Thursday. The 2.4m x 1.2m cake is likely to be set up near Smithfield Street and will be cut by Gympie Mayor Joan Dodt and distributed to Crazy Day shoppers. Another attraction will be the bargain prices offered by participating traders in Goldfields Plaza and Mary Street. The event, organized by The Gympie Times will feature professional and amateur entertainers in the plaza foyer and the main street from 9am to 3.30pm. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed shop attendant and the best store display.
50 YEARS AGO
SCHOOL speech nights in Gympie will get away to an early start this year with the Convent School function to be held in the Olympia Theatre next Sunday night. The State High School speech night will be on Tuesday, October 17 at the Memorial Hall. Guest speaker will be the Queensland Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Dr P.R. Delamothe O.B.E. the founder of Boys' Town and former army chaplain, Monsignor Owen Steele, C.B.E. will be the guest speaker at the Christian Brothers' College speech night in the Memorial Hall on Friday, October 20. Monsignor Steele is Parish Priest of Beaudesert.
A TOTAL of 369 candidates, 190 boys and 179 girls will sit for this year's Junior public examination in Gympie. Local candidates for the Senior examination will total 99, comprising 59 boys and 40 girls. The candidates are from the State High School, the Christian Brothers' College and the Convent School. The Junior examination will be held from November 6 to 23 and the Senior from November 7 to 29.
100 YEARS AGO
THERE was an exceptional demand for Tuesday's Jubilee issue of the Gympie Times and by 1 o'clock on that day the whole of 600 extra copies which had been printed were sold out. It has been decided to publish all the matter relating to the discovery of the field in pamphlet form next week when those desirous of securing a record of the Jubilee in a handy form will be enabled to do so.
THE street collections of the Gympie Sock Fund held on Friday and Saturday totalled nearly $300. A meeting will be held at Messrs. Symes and Jackson's rooms this afternoon when the various raffles will be drawn and the total result of the effort be made known.
MRS J. Mohr, of Brisbane Road, Monkland has received word from the Defence authorities that her son Private Howard McCormick has been killed in action in France. He was one of twin sons of the late Mr C.J. McCormick. His brother Charles is still in the firing line in France.
ALDERMAN W.G. Ambrose has received the following wires from the Military authorities: 'died 7th September, from military tuberculosis, at 25th Stationary Hospital, Private Francis George McCray; next of kin Mrs Elsie Fox, Pine Street, Gympie.