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Rusty the fox by Misha Ahmadi

In 2022 it was our great pleasure to host Gympie author Janet Lee as our Writer in Residence as part of the AuRUM Festival.

Almost before Janet had set up her typewriter high school student and aspiring writer Misha Ahmadi arrived to chat with Janet. Together with her friend they sat and talked all things books, writing and literary inspiration.

Inspired by our display of the car crash fox, Misha has penned this piece of verse and sent it to us. We are pleased and proud to share this beautiful poem with you and look forward to seeing Misha grow and develop into another wonderful writer nurtured by the Gympie region.

Rusty the fox
Stepping carefully along the ground,
Avoid the crunch,
Mothers words ringing in my ears,
Careful where you step,
I move forward again,
The gentle sweep of my tail on the ground,
Gentle arcs
careful not to disturb the brush
Don’t swish the leaves
More words
Mother was smart.
But why isn’t the ground soft anymore?
Why is it so rough?
It doesn’t give under my feet,
It smells wrong,
I can hear mothers voice in my head,
Something is wrong,
I step further out,
The moon shines down it seems to say something,
The leaves in the trees seem to shake roughly, crying out a warning,
No!
Everything is screaming no,
But the ground is shaking,
I can feel it up my legs and it hurts,
The earth is rumbling,
I tilt my head up and suddenly there are blinding lights,
I squeak,
It hurts!
Why does it hurt!
And then suddenly it all goes dark.
Look,
Another young girl has come in,
A soft white shirt and shorts with a delicate flower pattern is pointing at me,
I look away,
I don’t like looking at me.
My bones broken in too many places.
But she seems sad,
Her soft brown hair curls along the side of her face.
He needs a name she says quietly to her companions,
Why? They ask, it’s just a fox,
No, she said with a sad look, he needs a name,
She glanced around at all the other bones,
She looks down at me again, a soft smile gracing her face,
Rusty she says.
Rusty the fox.
I look at this girl, with her soft brown hair and wide green eyes,
The same colour as my forest I think,
Rusty the fox I repeat, and gently curl around her legs,
She looks down like she can see me, Rusty the fox she says as she smiles softly down at me.
Don’t worry she whispers, like it’s a secret just between us,
I’m broken just like you she murmurs just for me,
The same gentle smile curling along her lips,
The only difference is my broken is deeper inside, and you can’t see it.
I look up at her and curl even tighter around her legs.
Rusty I whisper.
I’m Rusty the fox
~ Misha Ahmadi, 2022

Thank you, again, to Janet for generously sharing her time and expertise with our community during the AuRUM Festival.

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Events postponed because if it’s flooded, forget it!

Sorry music fans. We’ve decided to call off 8 January’s Live on the Lawn because of the weather. Even if it stops raining there’s nowhere dry enough to sit and relax 😥 We’ve got plans to do it later in the month though so hang in there. Save the date 22 January 4-6pm!

It’s raining cats and dogs skeletons out there! ⛈️☔ Weather warnings and flood warnings have told us it’s time to postpone this event. Sorry for the short notice but we tried our best to run it on schedule. Joolie has POSTPONED this walking tour to 22 January. We’ll send out reminders beforehand to everyone who has registered. Stay safe out there and remember- if it’s flooded, forget it!!

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Science in the Park – Gympie and District Landcare

Join us for a day of Science in the Park.We’re celebrating the citizen scientists of our region with a day of live science talks on the lawn at Gympie Bone Museum.


Gympie & District Landcare
 are coming to talk about all the beneficial insects they employ to keep our environment safe from invasive pests and weeds. It’s going to be the coolest show and tell we’ve had for ages.  We’ll get the flesh eating beetles out and compare creepy crawlies.

Gympie Regional Council Lands Protection teamwill be with us until 1pm with their informative presentation about weed and pest animal management in the region. A great chance for all the new tree changers in our area to find out how to best look after their new blocks.

Science in the Park will be a casual Q&A event with plenty of opportunity to chat with the guests and asks questions. Hands on exhibits will also be part of the talks.

As we get closer to the date we expect to have more science superstars join the Science in the Park program. Bring a picnic and enjoy the lovely grounds.

Ticket includes free entry to Gympie Bone Museum. (entry to Woodworks Museum is separate)

This is an all ages event. The Museum precinct at 8 Fraser Rd is a pet friendly venue.

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

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Science in the Park – Tin Can Bay Dolphins

Join us for a day of Science in the Park.We’re celebrating the citizen scientists of our region with a day of live science talks on the lawn at Gympie Bone Museum.

At 10.30 are the volunteers of the Tin Can Bay dolphin squad – champions of the dolphin pod. Rain, hail or shine they show up every morning to check in with the Australian Humpback Dolphins that have been visiting Tin Can Bay for 25 years.

Gympie Regional Council Lands Protection teamwill be with us until 1pm with their informative presentation about weed and pest animal management in the region. A great chance for all the new tree changers in our area to find out how to best look after their new blocks.

Science in the Park will be a casual Q&A event with plenty of opportunity to chat with the guests and asks questions. Hands on exhibits will also be part of the talks.

Bring a picnic and enjoy the lovely grounds.

Ticket includes free entry to Gympie Bone Museum. (entry to Woodworks Museum is separate)

This is an all ages event. The Museum precinct at 8 Fraser Rd is a pet friendly venue.

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

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Science in the Park – Koala Action Gympie Region

Join us for a day of Science in the Park. We’re celebrating the citizen scientists of our region with a day of live science talks on the lawn at Gympie Bone Museum.

First up will be Koala Action Gympie Region. We’ll hear about the koala population of the area, where they are, how they are and what they’ve taught us about the health of our forests.

Gympie Regional Council Lands Protection teamwill be with us until 1pm with their informative presentation about weed and pest animal management in the region. A great chance for all the new tree changers in our area to find out how to best look after their new blocks.

Science in the Park will be a casual Q&A event with plenty of opportunity to chat with the guests and asks questions. Hands on exhibits will also be part of the talks.

Bring a picnic and enjoy the lovely grounds.

Ticket includes free entry to Gympie Bone Museum. (entry to Woodworks Museum is separate)

This is an all ages event. The Museum precinct at 8 Fraser Rd is a pet friendly venue.

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

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Guided tour of Gympie’s public art trail with Joolie Gibbs

Join us for a guided tour of Gympie’s public art trail with artist and former Director of the Gympie Regional Art Gallery Joolie Gibbs. You might be surprised at what you find.

Starting at the Lady Mary statue at 73 Mary St near the Brown Jug Cafe at 9am you will stroll the nearby streets of the CBD with Joolie. Let Joolie tell you the inside story of each piece of Gympie’s public art along the way.

We’ll end up at the Gympie Regional Art Gallery where the Jacaranda Aquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) exhibition will be on display.

Joolie Gibbs was Director of the Gympie Regional Art Gallery for 23 years before retiring. She is also a visual artist in her own right and has worked with many regional artists throughout her career. Her unique insight into the choices of public art in Gympie and the artists who created them guarantees a fascinating morning for you.

This will be a gentle stroll from upper Mary St to the Gympie Regional Art Gallery in Nash St. As it will be January it may be hot so please come prepared. Why not buy a coffee from one of the nearby cafes before you leave?

Where to meet:At the Lady Mary statue, about 73 Mary St near the Brown Jug Cafe
When:Saturday January 8, 8.45am for 9am start
1-2 hours duration

What to bring:

comfortable walking shoes
hat or umbrella
water
camera

Cost:Free

Please register so that we know how many people we should have before we leave. This is an all ages event. 

Parking in Mary St is timed so please read the parking signs. Parking is also available in the nearby multi-storey carpark off Nash St, Nelson Reserve and surrounding streets.

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.

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Live on the Lawn – sunset concert by Brother Phoenix

Live On The Lawn is the perfect weekend wind down featuring free, laid back, live music by Gympie musician Brother Phoenix on a summer Saturday afternoon.

There’s no better way to enjoy our Queensland summer sunsets than kicking back on the lawn at Gympie Bone Museum. Start 2022 on the right note. Bring the kids, the dog, a frisbee and a blanket. Use our BBQ or bring a picnic and don’t forget the esky. There’s plenty of grass for the kids to run around on.Drinks and light snacks will be available for sale on the day. 


Saturday 8 January 4pm – 6pm
8 Fraser Rd Gympie
Free entry, free parking, pet friendly (does not include museum entry)


Please note that to ensure public safety, several COVID-Safe measures will be in place. These measures are per the Queensland Government’s COVID-Safe Events Framework and Checklist.When visiting the Gympie Bone Museum please make sure you observe the guidelines set out by Queensland Health and do not attend if any of the below are applicable:- You are displaying COVID-19 symptoms- these include a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath, and feeling unwell
– You have had close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19
– You tested positive for COVID-19
– You have travelled overseas or to a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days.Queensland Health’s recent public directive with regards to COVID-19 mandates that only vaccinated staff and patrons are able to enter certain settings and venues. As Live On The Lawn is classed as an outdoor event, patrons are not required to be vaccinated to attend.

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AuRUM Festival is on this Summer

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Gympie Bone Museum is proud to present the AuRUM Festival this summer 2021-2022.

Featuring a series of science , art, history and music events at the museum and around town this will be a laid back series of workshops and events over the summer school holidays.

The festival kicks of with a workshop on 27 & 28 November on How To Tour Your Exhibition presented by Trudie Leigo. Register now!

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.

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5 Kinds Of Bones at Gympie Bunnings 7 January 2020

5 Kinds Of Bones at Gympie Bunnings 7 January 2020

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.

No bookings required

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Fun Palace – Owl Pellets with Gympie Regional Library

Gympie Bone Museum will be delivering an owl pellet workshop at the Gympie Regional Library Fun Palace on October 5!

We are very happy to announce that Gympie Bone Museum will be delivering an owl pellet workshop at the Gympie Regional Library Fun Palace on October 5!

Owl pellets contain all the bones of their prey. In this workshop we’ll each dissect a pellet and discover what our owls had for dinner.

We’ll have the STEAMPunks At Large microscopes on hand so you can really zoom in on what you find.

Take your pellet home, the bones you find in the pellet will need to be cleaned, but we’ll send you home with everything you need for this.

Ages 6 to 106.
Where: Gympie Library
When: Saturday 5 October
Time: 10am-11am
Booking essential: phone 5481 0859 or online at Eventbrite