Renee Pilcher

The Gympie Times marks 143 years

THE Gympie Times has provided a vital service to the region’s community since 1868.

Yesterday the paper achieved 143 years of faithfully serving the region’s community.

Within four months of James Nash’s discovery of gold and the birth of the Gympie goldfield, a group of Ipswich newspapermen produced the first copy of what was then known as the Nashville Times and Mary River Mining Gazette on February 15, 1868.

After a short time the name changed to The Gympie Times and Mary River Mining Gazette and then The Gympie Times.

The paper was born on the same site as where the office stands today, the first edition produced with floodwaters swirling through the building.

Throughout its 143 years, The Gympie Times has continued to report the happenings in the region without fear or favour, a role that continues today.