Cecile was an ‘agitator for the arts’ in Gympie

GYMPIE region's artistic and cultural life would be significantly poorer if not for Cecile Steenbergen, Gympie Regional Gallery co-ordinator Joolie Gibbs said yesterday.

In particular, we would not have the gallery, if not for Mrs Steenbergen and her fellow artistic agitators, Ms Gibbs said.

Mrs Steenbergen did more than most to enliven Gympie's cultural and artistic life.

GALLERY STALWART: Cecile Steenbergen is remembered for her tireless efforts for art.
GALLERY STALWART: Cecile Steenbergen is remembered for her tireless efforts for art. Contributed


Her own life ended peacefully at Gympie Hospital on Sunday, relatives have announced.

Mrs Steenbergen will be remembered fondly and respectfully by many.

Yesterday her family invited relatives and friends to attend her funeral at Cooloola Coast Crematorium Chapel in Brisbane Rd, Gympie, tomorrow at 1.30pm.

"We would not have the lovely gallery we have today if Cecile did not pester the council continually for many years along with other members of the Cooloola Arts Society," Ms Gibbs said.

"Cecile was one of life's selfless people who constantly had art and culture on her mind.

"She was on many committees for the sole reason that art had to be included (in the life of the community).

"She made such a contribution to the Gympie Show in the art section, Gold Rush Festival, where the art society started the Gold Rush Art Competition well over 40 years ago, and was on the Gallery Management Committee for years.

"She was always a proactive member of the Friends of the Gallery. We all owe a lot to Cecily," Ms Gibbs said.