Welcome to Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi country.

The Mary Valley has a long, rich and vibrant history. We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we are about to share our stories, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi people. We also acknowledge the other traditional owners of the land in our region, the Butchulla and Wakka Wakka People. We pay our respect to their elders; past, present and emerging.

Over the years the Mary Valley has seen many changes – farming, forestry, mining, railways, dam building, and a fight against a dam. The stories of the people of the Mary Valley need to be documented.

This project aims to collect, collate and make available reminiscences of life in the Mary Valley, Queensland, as recalled by long-term residents.

This project has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland.

Mary Valley Senior Football Team, 1935 – Ian Stehbens
Meet the participants - long term residents, those who left and returned or those who have moved from the Valley but have loving memories.
Voices of the Valley filming – Gympie Library
Watch and listen to the full interviews of the Voices of the Valley participants.
Farm at Amamoor - donated by Cacilia Michalowitz
Farm at Amamoor – donated by Cacilia Michalowitz
Take a stroll through photographs shared by the participants. They will bring back memories or make you wonder of times gone by.
Rail Motor RM90 on Brooloo turntable, 1962
Rail Motor RM90 on Brooloo turntable, 1962
Listen to stories about the Mary Valley all our participants mentioned. From the rail motor to the dances, from the building of Borumba Dam to the fight against the Traveston Dam. Click on the photo to watch the videos.


Proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that ‘Voices of the Valley’ may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, websites, film, audio recordings or printed material.

All opinions expressed in the Voices of the Valley interviews are those of the interviewee and do not reflect the views of Gympie Regional Council.

About Us

Gympie Regional Libraries provide a free, innovative library service to the residents, ratepayers and visitors of the Gympie region, boasting six service points located at:
* Gympie
* Goomeri
* Imbil
* Kilkivan
* Rainbow Beach
* Tin Can Bay

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Get In Touch

Gympie Regional Libraries
8-14 Mellor Street
Gympie QLD 4570
(07) 5481 0859

In the Mary Valley

Imbil Library
123-125 Yabba Creek Road
Imbil QLD 4570
(07) 5484 5488

More Local History

Gympie Regional Memories
Local History blog – many more stories of our region

Curated Photo Collection
See more photos of our region organised by themes

The Past in Print
Free local history ebooks – download them to a device

Heritage Talks
View digitised versions of our heritage talks

Gympie Region Heritage Trails
Use QR codes to follow the heritage trails