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James Nash Memorial : 06-08-2013
James Nash Memorial : 06-08-2013

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The monument commemorates James Nash who discovered gold at Gympie. It was unveiled on the 87th anniversary of the discovery of gold at Gympie. 

In 1867, James Nash discovered gold in Nash's Gully, which later became the goldfields of Gympie. By October 31 that year, an area of 25 square miles around Nashville was declared the Upper Mary River Goldfields. Official figures for 1868 show 84,792 ounces of gold was taken out. Nash is said to have earned 10,000 pounds in 12 months on the field in addition to the thousand-pound government reward for finding gold. Unfortunately, he invested in mining companies on the field and lost much of his money. In January,1912, Mr Nash was granted a pension of 100 pounds per year after retiring as keeper of the powder magazine at Traveston south of Gympie. He died in Gympie in October, 1913.

The discovery of gold at Gympie will be observed next Friday when the Governor (Sir John Lavarack) unveils a memorial to the discoverer, James Nash.
The Courier-Mail (Brisbane), 12 October 1953.




Address:Mellor Street, Gympie, 4570
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.190116
Long: 152.665586
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 16th October, 1953
Front Inscription

Erected to the memory of James Nash who discovered the Gympie Goldfield

16th October , 1867.

Born at Beanacre, Wiltshire, England  

5th September 1834

Died at Gympie 5th October 1913.

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Right Side Inscription

James Nash Memorial

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au