Steam Festival


30th September/1st/2nd OCTOBER 2017

                                           The Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum situated at the southern gateway to the city within the lake Alford parklands will feature its unique 109 year old Walkers Cornish Boiler, believed to be the only such boiler operating in Australia. The steam produced will power the 116 year old Walker Winding Engine, the 108 year old Thompson Air compresor and a Hindley powered 110V Dc generator, all on the original footings of the No 2 South Great Eastern Mine which was the second richest mine in the field between 1887 and 1017. The installation also features steam pumps by Weir, Schwage and Evans.

Machinery operating: The remains of the original stamper battery powered by the Davey Paxman boiler, which will power a twin cylinder marine engine to drive the remnants of its original 80 head stamper battery for the first time in over 60 years. It will also power a vertical Howden engine driving gold recovery tables.   Other exhibits by members and visitors will also be featured. A Brown Boveri steam engine and Australian made horizontal engine both powered by Galion Vertical Boiler., Model steam engines powered by Carmicheal boiler, and Hot Air engines.


            web-boiler-room    web-winding-eng     

                    STOKING-THE-BOILER  winding-machine

               NEW__BOILER   10_head_stamper

                        PIC 0461a steam boat   PIC 0465a STN X PUMPER  


An invitation was extended to all collectors and operators of steam equipment who would like to participate.  (Exhibitors of the Steam Boat and Southern Cross Farm Pumper are shown above)

Enthusiasts are invited to come to  the Museum, and celebrate the commissioning of heritage steam mining equipment after the major restoration.  Free Camping on site for exhibitors.  
Contact Ralph on 0408 616 709, P.O. Box 626 Gympie 4570 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details. Visit the Museum website at
Museum Entry Fees: Adults $10, Concession $7, Students $5, Family $25
All Day Breakfasts, Devonshire Teas and Lunches are catered for 
by the friendly staff of the Cafe at the Museum, which overlooks the Duck Ponds.