Steam Festival


Saturday 5/ Sunday 6/ Monday 7 MAY 

                                      (This is the Labor Day weekend in May)

The Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum situated at the southern gateway to the city within the lake Alford parklands will feature its unique 1899  Walkers Cornish Boiler, believed to be the only such boiler operating in Australia. The steam produced will power the 1906 Walker Winding Engine, the 1907  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

An invitation was extended to all collectors and operators of steam equipment who would like to participate. 

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
( A wristband is included on Saturday)
All Day Breakfasts, Devonshire Teas and Lunches including a Sausage Sizzle!  
are catered for by the friendly staff of the Cafe at the Museum,
which overlooks the Duck Ponds.
Private exhibitors displayed this historic steam machinery below at the 2017 Steam Festival.
(Left) The  8 ton Aveling Porter Steam Roller, made in Rochester, England in 1926, and was owned by the Brisbane City Council.
(Right) The Case Threshing Engine is a 50 HP tandem compound built in 1915 in the U.S.A., used for threshing, snigging logs and sawmilling, and has been featured in many parades.
 PIC 0018a ST RLR       PIC 0016A CASE ENG