Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

HMAS Gympie Memorabilia Goes on Show at the RSL; Proud Moment as Second World War Artefacts Return Home

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

HMAS Gympie Memorabilia Goes on Show at the RSL; Proud Moment as Second World War Artefacts Return Home

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LARA

WEBSTER

Reporter

lara.webster@gympietimes.com

AN important piece of Gympie's navy history has made it home to be displayed after many years.

Memorabilia from navy ship HMAS Gympie is finally part of a proud display at the Gympie RSL.

RSL board secretary and welfare and pensions officer Alan Birkenhead could not be any prouder to have the memorabilia to show residents.

A former navy man himself, he said the ship played in integral part in Australian military history.

"Everyone should be proud," he said.

"It was built in Australia and survived the Second World War before it was scrapped."

Mr Birkenhead said the ship was most likely named after the town because Gympie was "the town that saved Queensland".

Among the memorabilia there are uniforms, a replica of HMAS Gympie, a bell and the ship's flag.

The flag was signed by the crew of 1941.

Mr Birkenhead said he was undertaking research to see if any of those crew members were still alive. …

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