Pete’s Tardis in a shed
GYMPIE'S history in a shed.
From carbide lamps and cream separators to the Peter's Ice Cream signs ('The health food of a nation') from Fred Choy's still-remembered fruit shop - Peter Gerrard has the memories of a century preserved for posterity.
"Freddy made the best malted milks in Gympie," Mr Gerrard recalls.
"I just collect all this rubbish," he says of relics that include non-electronic computers (cash register adding machines from the 1960s), old furniture, a cell door from Ned Kelly's first jail at Beechworth in Victoria, a real 1950s ice chest and even a couple of side-saddles "for the ladies."
There is also a hand operated plunger washing machine, a clearly outdated sign proudly extolling the virtues of asbestos fibre cement, petrol pumps.
But pride of place will soon go to a real working low pressure mobile steam engine.
"It was a horse drawn steam engine. They would take it into the paddock to cut chaff, drive the thresher and it could also power a sawmill.
"It's a good one. You don't see a lot of these in good condition," he said.