Gympie is a regional city in the heart of the Wide Bay Electorate. The city lies on the Mary River and is the administrative centre for the Gympie Regional Council area.
Originally settled by Europeans for grazing purposes the area became prominent in 1867 when James Nash discovered gold. At the time Queensland was suffering from a severe economic depression and the discovery probably saved the colony from bankruptcy. This event is still celebrated today during the Gympie Gold Rush Festival, with 10 days of cultural events held in October.
Gympie’s name derives from the Kabi word “gimpi-gimpi” (which means “stinging tree). This tree has large, round leaves that have similar properties to stinging nettles. The town was previously named “Nashville”, after James Nash but was later changed to Gympie in 1868
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