Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

A Birthday for Gympie City; Today Marks Our Almost Unremembered Anniversary

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

A Birthday for Gympie City; Today Marks Our Almost Unremembered Anniversary

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Byline: Arthur Gorrie

GYMPIE, the major settlement of our Local Government region, officially came of age when it was declared a city on this day in 1905 a although no-one seemed to take much notice at the time.

We did a lot better in marking the occasion on its 100th anniversary however.

Then-Premier Peter Beattie was a popular figure in Mary Street in 2005, when he was guest of honour at the anniversary celebrations, which saw him launch The Gympie Times book, City of Gympie a 100 Years of News.

The book, written by Pat Towner and edited by The Gympie Times editor Nev McHarg, detailed the major events in the intervening Century, including the observation by then-editor Michael Roser that the paper had not seemed to give much attention to Gympie's new city-hood at the time.

While other cities might have made a fuss of such an event, Roser observed: aThe declaration made a mere three paragraphs on page three at the top of a column of news briefs from around the region.

aOf far greater import on page one was the weekly mining report (and) a column on chess...The Russo-Japanese war which warranted two full broadsheet columns and another two full columns on ladies' fashions seemed to have more significance to Gympie readers than the prosperous gold mining centre being declared a city.a

On Saturday, January 7, 1905, the paper reported on the declaration almost dismissively.

aGympie was proclaimed a city on Thursday last, as was also Maryborough. The title appears to have an ecclesiastical origin for in England, where a State Church exists, a city is a corporate town which is the see of a bishop. In Queensland where no State Church is recognised the term city can have no meaning and can confer no privileges. On the same day (Thursday) the Mayor (Ald G Garrick) received a congratulatory telegram from the Attorney-General. …

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