As promised here is the curio raffle draw live from Gingers On Horseshoe one of our favourite corner shops here in Gympie! Huzzah!
We’ve run out of room where we are in Condies Arcade and the building is going to be renovated so we’ve had to shift everything into storage. Compulsory closure of the museum in March due to COVID 19 has really knocked our income about and will make it hard to afford the move. Thankfully Gympie Regional Council has lent a hand and given us a storage shed to keep everything safe and sound for a while.
Moving everything into storage on Saturday was a walk in the park. We had plenty of help from the crew at Bendigo Bank and the Friends of the Museum who really put their back into it.
We’re not looking for a shoulder to cry on,
but we do need a hand! We have the opportunity to move to the historic Surface Hill Church just up the road on Channon Street.
It’s a really special building built in 1890 that will give us more parking, more exposure, more room and more scope to run events. It will also open up the building to the public again after a long time and there are so many wonderful local stories of family events in the church to record and preserve before they are lost forever.
How you can Help
It’s expensive to move and reset our exhibits in a new venue and COVID-19 has been a big setback for the museum. So we’ve started a GoFundMe fundraiser to help to cover the bond and setup expenses. After just one week we are already almost half way to our $6000 goal!
We know it’s a shocking time to be fundraising with everything going on, but please help any way you can. Every donation will help no matter how much you can give. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to our gorgeous little town. Please click through to GoFundMe to give us a hand!
We’re looking forward to a huge opening day celebration with free entry for all our lovely donors. You’ll officially be part of the skeleton crew so “come and see what you’ll look like later!”
We’re all about the turtles at Gympie Bone Museum this week!
We’ve got loads of different types on loan from Qld Museum and none of them are locked away behind glass! If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with a turtle then this is your chance.
Turtle skulls are a lovely shape and really inviting to touch.
Send us your turtle selfies! Shall we do a competition for the best one???
That’s a wrap on What Lies Beneath, folks! It’s been a wonderful adventure in the octopuses garden. We’re closed for a week to clean up and recover. See you next Tuesday Feb 4 2020
Huge thanks to everyone who helped put it together, came in and supported the exhibition, including these amazing people who help us spread the word:
Play Back Gympie All About Candy Toyworld Gympie Magicality Coco Blush The Gympie Times Dream Cakes By Dorita Nicola Tizzard Mistress of Stitch Kris Janke Tipler & the #stitchin people Alba Aquaculture Farm Aquatic Articulations Jake McGowan Gympie Gold Museum, Markets & Cafe Zinc 96 Steve Bilko Bilokin Rae Gate for Division 4 Gympie Cooloola Bay Bulletin Gympie Living Gympie Regional Council Colleen Miller for Div 3 in 2020 Dan 4 Gympie Bunnings Gympie Dianne Woodstock Celebrate Gympie Queensland Museum and especially to our group of incredible volunteers Dan, Trent, Daniel, Dani and Tim who run the museum every day and give such amazing experiences to our visitors. We get so many great reviews about them and we absolutely couldn’t do it without them!
One of the best things about Gympie is the way community comes together. We’ve always said we are looking for a hand up not a hand out so it’s wonderful to receive an invitation from Gympie Regional Gallery to deliver activities as part of their Holiday Fun series.
We’re proud to present 3 artistic twists on our regular workshops to be delivered by Daniel at the Gallery on Tuesday 21 January.
5 KINDS OF BONES with a twist = Bone Mandalas! Did you know that all animal bones can be sorted and classified into just five categories? Learn more about bones then use their shapes to make fabulous mandalas. For children 6 years and older. 10.00 am to 11.00 am 21 January $6 per person
MEET THE FLESH EATING BEETLES with a twist = paint the beetles on your arms! Check out our amazing beetle specimens in a tank and watch their behaviour. Learn their lifecycle and ask Daniel all your creepy crawly questions. Freak out your family – use face paints to create some little beetles running up your arm! For children 6 years and older. 11.30 am to 12.30 pm 21 January. $6 per person
MAGNIFY YOUR WORLD with a twist = become a crazy cross between an artist and a scientist! Discover what everyday objects look like up close with our microscopes and magnifiers. Bring some objects from home to check out i.e. feathers, leaves, sticks and just about anything small. You can also check out your clothes, your skin, your hair and even your ears! Make some drawings of your discoveries! For children 6 years and older. 1.30 pm to 2.30pm 21 January. $6 per person
Headstone symbology and meanings intrigue many people as they wander through Cemeteries.
Our Gympie Cemetery has many old headstones with beautiful carvings.
Come and join us as we wander through the twilight and learn the stories behind the carvings on a tour led by Gympie history aficionado Di Woodstock. Di has led cemetery walks for many years that focus on the families and personalities who have been laid to rest in there, but this series of talks focuses on the fascinating history of grave art and monumental masonry.
When: Friday twilight 7th Feb 2020
Time: 5.15pm for 5.30pm start
Cost: $10 per person 16 years and over; under 16 years free
Where: Gympie Cemetery – Duke St (Corella Rd)
Bring: Comfy shoes, bug spray, a torch if you want
Bookings essential – phone Di Woodstock on 0419 224 628 or book online on our website now
This is the first in a series of Twilight Tours led by Di in conjunction with The Gympie Bone Museum