2 September 2005
Well the Gympie Muster has been and gone for another year and
once more a massive amount of money has been raised for charity.
Over the years millions of dollars has gone into helping people
less fortunate than ourselves, once again congratulations to Brian
Sampson and his team along with the Gympie Apex club for a job
It was back in 1984 on the Webb Brothers property at Widgee just
out of Gympie that the first Muster was held. A permanent stage
was built in the bull paddock which had a natural amphitheatre
but that was the only solid structure the rest of the camp was
very basic with the men’s showers in one long structure
with plastic around it and freezing cold water pumped directly
out of the creek. Boy it was cold while the ladies had the luxury
of solar heating.
All the artists and workers were housed in caravans that year
behind the stage and everyone was fed in a giant marquee with
camp style ovens out the back. I’ll never forget the first
Friday evening when we had a roast dinner with soup and desert
along with some great entertainment and ladies of Apex catered
for close to 600 people. Among the entertainers there was Chad
Morgan and Terry Gordon.
The following year a massive thunder storm went through on the
Friday just before people began arriving and I for one got stuck
right down to the axle and had to be towed out by tractor. It
was in 1985 that we had Digby Richards (of raincoat in the River
fame) making one of his final appearances in Australia before
travelling to England were he died soon after from Cancer.
After the 1986 Muster it was decided that the Webb’s property
was too small and unsuitable so from then on the venue was Ammamoor
National Park and of course the rest is history. The muster has
now grown to incredible proportions attracting visitors from throughout
As Organiser Brian Sampson remarked to me a few years ago "We
have created a monster which will never go away but will keep
on growing". How right he was.
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