Widgee Shire

Widgee Shire, abolished in 1993 following a merger with Gympie City, extended south-westerly from the Cooloola Coast, touching the boundaries of the Noosa and Maroochy Shires. It surrounded the separate Gympie municipality entirely. The name is thought to have derived from an Aboriginal word meaning red cedar, which was extensively harvested from the upper reaches of the Mary River valley, through Kenilworth, Imbil, Kandunga and Amamoor.

Further Reading: 

Cooloola Shire Library Service, Cooloola Shire ... a golden past, Gympie, Cooloola Shire Council, 2001

Ian Pedley, Winds of change: one hundred years in the Widgee Shire, Gympie, Gympie Times, 1979

Cooloola Shire, Cooloola Cove, Gympie, Imbil, Kandanga, Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay and Traveston entries


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