Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

What's in a Name?

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

What's in a Name?

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THROUGHOUT Gympie, many buildings, areas and various objects have been named after a person of note but who knows how Nicholas Christopher Drive at the duckponds got its name. Who was Nicholas Christopher?

The little road is in a very appropriate place to be named after one of the last men to be killed at work in the Scottish Mine, which was in the area of the museum and the duckponds.

This mine was the deepest on the Gympie field and, during its years of operating more than 20 men were killed in its workings. In June 1922, when mining was beginning to slow down in Gympie, Nicholas Christopher was at work during the midnight shift. He was a trucker and he and two other men, working with him, had moved to what they believed to be a safe distance from where holes had been charged in No.10 east stopes. They had moved back over 150 feet and considered themselves safe but, when a shot went off, Christopher, who was ten feet ahead of the other two men, was struck on the head by a flying stone. …

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