Bauple Museum & District Historical Society Inc.
Mount Bauple is geographically situated in the
centre of what was the Shire of FCC. It is a dominant landmark
visible from all over the Shire and beyond.
Such a huge quantity of memorabilia now collected outstripped the Society’s resources and suitable accommodation to securely and safely house the photographs, family histories, memorabilia, etc. has now been constructed. Which Society members conceived the idea of acquiring land in the centre of Bauple, was a disused road reserve, on which to erect a suitable building. To enable the Society to give back something to the community in appreciation of their tremendous support to date, it was decided to transform that part of the land not required for the building, into a landscaped public park with public toilet block, BBQ’s. tables and chairs and a children’s playground.
The Tiaro Shire Council held a Public Consultation Meeting on the site on the 30th October 1999. A total of 31 people attended this meeting, at the conclusion of which they voted in favour of the proposed project. The land was transferred to the Tiaro Shire Council as Trustees, who in turn leased it back to the Society for a peppercorn consideration.
A budget of $500,000 was required to build the premises and complete the parkland. Of the $500,000, less than $200,000 was obtained through grants. The balance of funds was obtained by the generous nature of the business world, individual and family donations, donations of plant and equipment together with trained operators and time and effort by numerous civic minded people. The grants came from the Centenary of Federation Committee who gave $68,500 and $123,000 from Department of Employment, Training and Industrial Relations through the Wide Bay Group Train Scheme Ltd for long term unemployed to gain experience. An additional grant of $7,832 was made by the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for a publishing photocopier.
The connection between the Society and the pioneering families was reinforced by donation of timber from their family’s properties. This timber was then milled by Dale & Meyers, whose workers donated their time and labour to the project.The building was completed just prior to its official opening by the Governor of Queensland, Major General Peter Arnissonon on 24th February 2001. Minor works to other buildings were still to be completed.
In 2001, the Society received the Cultural Award during the Australia Day Award ceremony.
So it was, with a spirit of adventure that the Society set out to fit out its own institute where the permanent home of the local history and its display for posterity could be accomplished. This would enhance knowledge of the traditions passed down over the generations from our earliest forbears. It was to give a real opportunity for the Society to fulfill a purpose that would enable the provision of facilities for the people, including students, of today and future generations to develop a full and clear understanding of the ideals for which many of our men and women have fought and died.
To commence with, the Society concentrated its research efforts on the Bauple and surrounding district in the parish of Gundiah. This has expanded to include other areas within the Tiaro shire, both north and south.
Since 2001, the gardens have been established,
public toilets, BBQ’s and covering sheds plus tables and seating have
been installed, all of which are available free of charge to the public,
travellers and locals alike. These facilities are maintained and paid
for by the Society and are available at any time all year round.
Lighting around the park is also maintained by the Society.The park and gardens have been fenced making it a safe area for
children to play. A children’s playground has been provided. The
fencing itself tells a story of the community. Each panel was paid for
by a member of the community who live in the area, or by descendants of
pioneers of the area. Since its beginning, the Society has continued to
provide voluntary work options through Centrelink thus ensuring a small
but consistent workforce, while at the same time providing a service to
the community. It has built an extra shed for display purposes and has
since extended this. Restored a locomotive similar to the one that was
used in the Bauple Sugar Mill, upgraded it’s office and reception area,
purchased equipment to maintain the park with the help of Jupitors
Casino and the Community Gambling Benefit Fund and recently installed a
Wishing Well with the help of a grant from Tiaro Shire Council, to
recognize Lillian Coyne, Alex and Daphne Mackellar for their
contribution and efforts to establish the Society.
2008 saw major changes to our community with the amalgamation of Shires. Our community has been split into two parts, with the major part going to the Fraser Coast Council while the Southern end of the Shire combined with the Gympie Region.
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