Test your knowledge about Bundaberg.
Test your knowledge about Bundaberg.

BIG BUNDY TRIVIA: How many of these questions can you solve?

THINK you know all things Bundy?

We've compiled an epic quiz to test your knowledge (don't worry, all the answers are at the bottom). 

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1. In which year did South-East Bundaberg State School become Bundaberg South State School?

A. 1894
B. 1900
C. 1971
D. 1984

2. What does the FE in FE Walker St stand for?

A. Fay Evelyn
B. Far East
C. Franklin Estate
D. Frederick Ernest

3. What is the actual name of the "new" bridge?

A. The Northern Bridge
B. The Bundaberg District Northern Bridge
C. The Burnett Traffic Bridge II
D. Don Tallon Bridge

4. Gin Gin was named after...

A. The drink
B. Another small town in Queensland
C. The town of the same name in Western Australia
D. None of the above

5. In what year did the Mater Misericordiae Hospital open in Bundaberg?

A. 1929
B. 1933
C. 1946
D. 1950

6. In which year was Bundaberg beauty queen Leanne Dick crowned Miss Australia?

A. 1970
B. 1980
C. 1990
D. 2000

7. Police Operation Rumba in 1986 resulted in:

A. Nine people being arrested for illegal fireworks production
B. 13 arrests for the production of bootleg moonshine
C. Just one arrest for production of cannabis
D. 21 arrests and 55 charges related to the cultivation, possession and sale of cannabis

8. In 1986, what caused a downturn in the number of new cars being purchased in Bundaberg?

A. Lack of rain for crops resulting in widespread financial difficulty in the region
B. A combination of the fringe benefits tax, weak Australian dollar, high interest rates, the introduction of unleaded petrol, luxury sales tax and buyer resistance to new car prices
C. A massive storm that destroyed most cars in several car yards accross town
D. An unprecidented surge in turning to riding bicycles

9. The collapse of which crop left the region's growers $3 million out of pocket in 1987?

A. Peanuts
B. Watermelons
C. Aloe vera
D. Basil

10. In what year did Bundaberg's council become amalgamated?

A. 2007
B. 2008
C. 2018
D. 2019

11. Kmart opened in the new Hinkler Central in 1988. How many dollars' worth of stock were on the shelves?

A. $200,000
B. $500,000
C. $1 million
D. $2.5 million

12. In what year did a national wave of influenza hit Bundaberg, with 25 children hospitalised for pneumonia?

A. 1980
B. 1981
C. 1988
D. 1989

13. Which Australian band played a free concert for Bundaberg in 1999?

A. Savage Garden
B. Jebediah
C. Powderfinger
D. Killing Heidi

14. Why are there emu signs on Goodwood Rd?

A. Because it makes the place look more Australian
B. A group of concerned locals rallied for them after the death of a beloved emu
C. Because tourists love the signs
D. None of the above

15. In 1938, Bundaberg woman Marjorie Norval vanished without a trace in a disappearance that has never been solved. Last year, a clue came to light, what was it?

A. A confession written in the back of an old book was found
B. A message in a bottle, with information about burying Marjorie's body, washed ashore
C. A man walked into a police station with a confession
D. Old graffiti was found in an abandoned house

16. When Prince Charles visited Bundaberg in 2018, what item did local woman Jacqueline Pond gift to him?

A. Cross stitch artworks of Wills and Kate
B. A bottle of Bundy Rum
C. A sculpture of the Queen
D. A bunch of local flowers

17. Which of the region's pubs is said to be haunted by Luke the Spook?

A. The Grand Hotel, Childers
B. The Yandaran Hotel
C. The Queenslander
D. The Melbourne 

18. Who was the member for Bundaberg in 2016?

A. David Batt
B. Jack Dempsey
C. Nita Cunningham
D. Leanne Donaldson

19. In which year did a fire at the Childers powder station cause the town to be left in the dark?

A. 1950
B. 1962
C. 1972
D. 1981

20. Frank Barnes was a controversial member for Bundaberg in the 1940s, but before that he was a publican who tried to stop other pubs who were breaking the rules on drinking times. He did this by:

A. Interviewing patrons about their drinking habits outside hotels
B. Calling the police on a regular basis
C. Erecting a billboard in town warning against breaking the rules
D. Wearing a fake beard to check up on other pubs

21. True or false: In 1949, the medical officer threatened to stop admitting children to Gin Gin State School because of overcrowding?

22. True or false: In 2015, the Auswide Bank building was evacuated beause of a magnitude 5.3 earthquake?

23. Which takeaway food outlet closed at Bargara this year?

A. McDonald's
B. Subway
C. Hungry Jacks
D. Red Rooster

24. Bundaberg's Church Pharmacy burned down in 2016. In which decade was it constructed?

A. 1910s
B. 1920s
C. 1930s
D. 1940s

25. True or false: In 1935 there were reports of a UFO crashing west of Gin Gin?

26. In 1968, what did people flock to Bundaberg's civic centre to see?

A. Marilyn Monroe's famous white dress
B. A guitar once played by the Beatles
C. A piece of a UFO believed to have crashed near Bundaberg
D. Elvis Preley's limosine

27. What was a major event for Gin Gin in 1952?

A. Electricity was switched on
B. The town's first cinema was opened
C. It was the site of a state-wide rollerskating competition
D. A massive bushfire that threatened multiple homes

28. What did the council ban from the CBD in 1940?

A. Smoking
B. Kissing
C. Christmas tree bushes
D. Garlic

29. True or false: In 1969, Bundaberg grew more than half the country's frozen beans?

30. How many miles did Bert Hinkler fly between Sydney and Bundaberg in his Arvo Baby?

A. 650
B. 700
C. 750
D. 800

31. In 1926, what plagued Bundaberg?

A. Rats
B. Mice
C. Fleas
D. Mosquitoes

32. In 1970, what made New Year's Eve headlines in Bundaberg?

A. Youths causing havoc on the streets
B. A meteorite spotted over the city
C. A massive thunderstorm
D. Bushfires

33. What information led to Archbishop James Duhig calling for social change in 1957?

A. The news youths were smoking in higher numbers than ever before
B. A rise in the number of children born out of marriage 
C. Information that some girls were marrying as young as 12 years of age
D. Immoral behaviour in the CBD

34. In 1933, Bundaberg anticipated a rise in the number of which countrymen coming to the city?

A. Italians
B. English
C. Germans
D. French

35. True or false: A dog walker spotted a marijuana bush growing on the beach at Agnes Water in July this year?

36. True or false: Bundaberg's original cemetery was located in the centre of town?

37. True or false: Fairymead is named Fairymead because early settlers claimed to have seen fairies in the bushland?

38. In 1935, a Bundaberg police officer used his sense of smell to sniff out:

A. An illegal tobacco plantation
B. An opium stash
C. An illegal gambling ring
D. A restaurant trading from someone's backyard

39. A backpacker made headlines by getting a tattoo in Bundaberg that said:

A. I love Bundaberg
B. F----n Bundaberg
C. Bundy Rum rules
D. Farewell Bundaberg

40. Bundaberg's Coral Villa Motel boasts a statue of a giant:

A. Dinosaur
B. Alien
C. Rooster
D. Koala

41. In January 1978, the NewsMail called for urgent action because of:

A. Cyclones
B. Drought
C. Flooding
D. Heavy wind

42. In 1990, Bundaberg lifesaver Ian Wright almost drowned because of:

A. A shark
B. Currents
C. Seaweed
D. A passing boat

43. True or false: In 1981, a Bundaberg labourer shared the story of how he had started undergoing hormone therapy for a sex-change operation?

44. True or false: In 1975, micro-mini skirts were banned from the CBD for being inappropriate?

45. True or false: A warning was put out after it was believed contractors had been unknowingly spreading human remains from a gravel pit?

46. In what year did the famous Lewis Bros Cafe of 42 years close?

A. 1953
B. 1971
C. 1995
D. 2001

47. For what reason did police round up youths from the Bundaberg Central State School grounds in 1927?

A. For ruining the gardens
B. For smashing windows
C. For "spooning" on site
D. For being drunk

48. What is the shortest term a mayor has served Bundaberg?

A. Two days
B. Three weeks
C. Three months
D. Seven months

49. Which unusual item did a local find at Riverview in 2016?

A. A cannonball
B. A fossil eel
C. A message in a bottle
D. A large amount of cash in a water-proof container

50. Which Australian film had a scene filmed in Bundaberg?

A. Picnic at Hanging Rock
B. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
C. The Mango Tree
D. Muriel's Wedding

How did you do?

The answers are below. We'll make a little space with some pictures of Bundaberg. 

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And just one more:

Ok, here's the answers. 

1, A. 1894.
2, C. Franklin Estate.
3, D. Don Tallon Bridge.
4, C. The town of the same name in Western Australia.
5, C. 1946.
6, B. 1980.
7, D. 21 arrests and 55 charges related
to the cultivation, possession and
sale of cannabis.
8, B. a combination
of the fringe benefits tax,
weak Australian dollar, high interest
rates, the introduction of
unleaded petrol, luxury sales tax
and buyer resistance to new car
prices.
9, C. aloe vera.
10, B. 2008.
11, D. $2.5 million.
12, C. 1988.
13, B. Jebediah.
14, B. A group of concerned locals rallied for them after the death of a beloved emu.
15, B. A message in a bottle, with information about burying Marjorie's body, washed ashore
16, A. Cross stitch artworks of Wills and Kate
17, A. The Grand Hotel, Childers
18, D. Leanne Donaldson
19, A. 1950
20, D. Wearing a fake beard to check up on other pubs
21, True
22, True
23, B. Subway
24, B. 1920s
25, False
26, D. Elvis Preley's limosine
27, A. Electricity was switched on
28, C. Christmas tree bushes (over concerns their branches could poke passers-by)
29, True
30, B. 700
31, C. Fleas
32, A. Youths wrecking havoc on the streets
33, C. Information that some girls were marrying as young as 12 years of age
34, A. Italians
35, True
36, True (don't worry, the bodies were moved)
37, False (the name is based off the misty appearance of the geography)
38, B. An opium stash
39, B. F----n Bundaberg (it was an in-joke between him and some fellow backpackers)
40, A. Dinosaur
41, B. Drought
42, C. Seaweed
43, True
44, False
45, True
46, B. 1971
47, C. For "spooning" on site
48, C. Three months (John Lamb for those wondering, back in the late 1800s)
A, A cannonball 

How did you score?

0-10: Getting there. 

11-20: Moderate knowledge of the region. Well done. 

21-30: Going strong. 

31-40: Highly skilled. 

41-50: You're a Bundy master! 


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