Join us for a guided tour of 26 Channon Street Gympie. This beautiful building sits on the State Heritage Register and has been an integral part of our lives since 1872.
The site has been used as a Court House, Lands Office, Government services building and now houses the Australian Institute of Country Music. The front of the building belies the extraordinary layout inside and is one of those buildings we drive past frequently but probably haven’t had the chance to explore.
When this lovely building needed it’s most recent renovation Gerry Crotty led the local SkillCentred organisation who did the work. This involved extensive research to meet the requirements of renovation of a heritage listed building and no doubt uncovered a few surprises. Gerry is now the Vice President of the AICM and has been with the organisation since 2001.
Murray Wegner is a lifelong educator who was Principal at Gympie State High School. He continues his community service with many organisations in Gympie and is currently Secretary of the AICM.
The construction of the Gympie Court House is important in demonstrating the evolution of Gympie from a shanty town into a permanent settlement. The former Gympie Court House is the first substantial masonry public building erected in Gympie and is one of the oldest extant buildings in the city. The place is also the third-oldest known surviving court house building in Queensland. The World War II air raid shelter, constructed behind the main building in mid 1942, demonstrates the Queensland government’s policy of building shelters for civil servants so that government could continue to function after an air attack.
Meet outside at 10.15am for a 10.30am guided tour. Bring questions and your camera. Please follow any COVID related directions or requirements with courtesy and respect for your hosts.
This project is sponsored by the Regional Arts Development Fund and is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gympie Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
Also sponsored by the Community Bank Gympie & District – Bendigo Bank.
Special thanks to the AICM for supporting this project.