The news of gold always travelled quickly around the world. The lure of untold riches brought men and women from all corners of the earth to try their luck at finding a fortune. Join Di on a journey back to the early days on the goldfield in Gympie Cemetery and hear the stories of Chinese miners, merchants and market gardeners who brought their skills and their cultural practices to Gympie in its infancy.
When: Saturday twilight 27 March 2021
Time: 4.30pm start
Cost: $10 per person, children under 16 free
Where: Gympie Cemetery – Corella Rd
Bring: Comfy shoes, bug spray, a torch, a chair if you want
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
Become a bone-afied bone ID expert at 5 Kinds Of Bones this school holidays!
Join Daniel from Gympie Bone Museum at 10.30am after holiday craft in the DIY Centre at Gympie Bunnings and learn the secrets of identifying a bone. We’ll get you boned up on the kinds of bones you might find on your outdoor adventures and then you can visit the museum collection in Mary St to practice your skills.
Di Woodstock is back from her latest dinosaur adventure in Winton! This time she has logged some serious hours in the lab prepping the bones of the ravenous reptiles that have been found in the area. You’ll be fascinated to hear what it takes to get a dinosaur bone from dig to display.
Come along to Gympie Bone Museum this school holidays to meet Di and hear all about it.
Gympie local Dianne Woodstock is a woman of many talents and passions. Di has been volunteering at the Australian Age of Dinosaur digs in Winton for many years. And it’s funny who she’s run into up there this time.
This will be a Q&A with museum director Debra Cook and with plenty of space for questions and conversation. The Ravenous Reptiles exhibition with select pieces on loan from Queensland Museum will be on display. Exhibition curated by Daniel Baines.
Admission: $2 per person entry to the museum No bookings required
Torchlight Tours are back for one night only with this school holiday fun event Bugs After Dark!
Our most popular event at the museum these self guided tours let you get up close and personal with the collection.
This April School Holidays we’re going on an Insect Safari!
Discover the Gympie Bones after dark on Friday April 12. Bring your torch and explore the exhibition with the lights out. Examine the bones and skulls and the insect exoskeletons up close, look into the corners and crannies of the cabinets and project your own shadow exhibition onto the walls and ceiling. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Doors open at 6.00pm. Entry $5 donation per person to the Gympie Bone Museum. Adults accompanying children are free.
No bookings needed. Plan to have dinner at Dorita’s Cafe next door after your tour!
Meet us at the dead centre of Gympie for our next death literacy event.
We’ll be having a conversation with Natalie from the Gympie Cemetery Trust in their beautiful gazebo on Cartwright Rd.
Natalie and Michelle are the friendly faces you will see when you visit the office at Gympie Cemetery. Every day they guide people through choosing a resting place in the cemetery, preparing for services and looking after the graves of loved ones.
Inspired by Dying To Know Day, at Gympie Bone Museum we’re trying bring to life conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement and an opportunity to:
– develop your death literacy
– consider your end of life plans such as a will and advance care plans
– share these wishes with your families
– get informed about end of life and death care options such as dying at home, home and community led funerals and natural burial
– be better equipped to support family and friends experiencing death, dying and bereavement
This is your opportunity to listen and ask any question that you are ‘dying to know’ about the cemetery but have never had the chance to ask.
Regular visitors to the museum will know that we always have items on loan from the Queensland Museum. This helps us keep the displays fresh and interesting while we are making new ones in the background. It also lets us display native animal specimens which have special and expensive licensing requirements.
We are thrilled to announce that John and Ann from Fastway Couriers Sunshine Coast depot have sponsored the cost of transport for 50 boxes. This is a huge hand up for the museum. The savings we have made on freight can now go towards building more skeletons for the permanent collection. With same day service to Brisbane and comprehensive online tracking capability we can be confident that the delicate museum specimens are in safe and capable hands.
If you happen to see our Gympie courier, Darryl, out and about in his bright blue Fastway shirt then give him a thumbs up. He does a great job in all kinds of weather and takes good care of our delicate freight.
Thank you, John and Ann! Generous people like yourselves are the very backbone of the the Gympie Bone Museum.