Reflections

We want to thank all the participants of Voices of the Valley. Each story is unique and personal, and yet all have a common theme - the Mary Valley.
Click on a photo to watch their stories.
Fun in the Valley
Rodeo stand at the Imbil show 1966 Originally a news broadcast on Wide Bay Television. This photo was taken from a film whichs was originally produced by WBQ 8 and was reproduced as 7 Extract from the Archives project. The project was supported by an innovation grant from the Library Board of Queensland. © 2020 Seven Network and Gympie Regional Libraries
Rodeo stand at the Imbil show 1966. This photo was taken from a WBQ8 news story. © 2020 Seven Network and Gympie Regional Libraries, State Library of Queensland
How do you have fun in the Valley?
There are many ways - dances at halls and schools and going to the show. It was a way to meet friends and future spouses. Our participants all have stories to tell.

The Floods
Army duck - Yabba Creek - during 1955 flood - Keith Buchanan is onboard - donated by Keith Buchanan
Army duck – Yabba Creek, Imbil
during 1955 flood with Keith Buchanan onboard
donated by Keith Buchanan
The Gympie region has suffered many floods over the years and the Mary Valley has not escaped their impact.
Click on the photo to view their stories.

Rail Motor & the Rattler
Rail motor RM90 on Brooloo turn table, 1962 – Ian Stehbens
The Mary Valley relied on the railways for deliveries and transportation of goods. Students caught the rail motor to and from Gympie to attend school. Listen to their stories.
Borumba Dam
Borumba Dam - c1970 - Keith Waser Collection
Borumba Dam – c1970 – Keith Waser Collection
The Borumba Dam was built during the early 1960s and a small village was established.
The building of the Borumba Dam is remembered well, watch the story.
Traveston Dam Protest
Traveston Dam Protest
Traveston Dam Protest
It was April 2006 when the proposed dam on the Mary River at Traveston Crossing was announced. The people of the Mary Valley potested, loudly..This is their fight.

Imbil Show and Rodeo 1966

Watch the Seven Network videos that were incorporated in these videos. The videos were news broadcasts on Wide Bay Television and were originally produced by WBQ 8 and were reproduced as 7 Extract from the Archives project. The project was supported by an innovation grant from the Library Board of Queensland. ©2020 Seven Network and Gympie Regional Libraries
Note: these videos are silent - images and sound were recorded separately and only the images survived.
View articles from the Gympie Times and details about the videos at: www.gympieregionalmemories.com

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Disclaimer

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
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* Imbil
* Kilkivan
* Rainbow Beach
* Tin Can Bay

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Gympie Regional Libraries
8-14 Mellor Street
Gympie QLD 4570
(07) 5481 0859
library@gympie.qld.gov.au

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
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The Past in Print
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Heritage Talks
View digitised versions of our heritage talks

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

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