THE Gympie Gold Rush saved a colony from collapse, which inevitably led to the formation of a state within a united nation.
It was James Nash who discovered alluvial gold in October 1867, in the gullies that were known as Nashville.
The thing most interesting about Gympie’s gold is perhaps the relationship between people and place.
The gold flowed, from Gympie, to far flung places and left an indelible mark on Australia.
It too, left a mark on the people.
Individuals and families made and lost fortunes from their pursuit of gold.
Some of those people benefited greatly from Gympie gold.
Some of those people went on to give back to the town which gave them so much.