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MARYBOROUGH IS A CITY THAT IS USUALLY OVERLOOKED BY TOURISTS. MOST ARE EAGER TO REACH HERVEY BAY AND JUST PASS THROUGH.
AFTER READING MY PAGES, I THINK YOU WILL AGREE - MARYBOROUGH HAS LOTS TO OFFER AND IS WELL WORTH SPENDING A FEW DAYS THERE!

Until 1842, Cook, Flinders and Oxley had only charted the coastline and little was known about the Wide Bay Region where Maryborough is located. That year, Andrew Petrie and a party explored the Wide Bay River with their Convict guides.

Perhaps we were a little like them, as we usually don't spend much time in Maryborough because we are heading else-where. This year, we stopped and helped the economy, as Maryborough was still trying to get on its feet again after two disastrous floods at the beginning of 2013.
Pioneer's of Maryborough Memorial - Maryborough

Pioneer's of Maryborough Memorial

Maryborough was first settled in 1847 by Europeans and is one of Queensland's oldest cities.

Maryborough was a very busy port in the early years, receiving not only goods, but a lot of immigrant's wishing to make Australia their home. The Ship, "The Silver Eagle," took 3 months to sail from England, arriving in May 1880 and carrying 264 immigrants.

THE WORLD'S GREATEST PUBFEST IS HELD AT MARYBOROUGH
http://www.worldsgreatestpubfest.com.au/
Fountain @ Artspace Park, Maryborough - Maryborough

Fountain @ Artspace Park, Maryborough

Maryborough has many majestic heritage listed buildings and homes, some dating back to the 1800s.

If your ever in the area, make sure you take the time to stop and have a look around Maryborough. The building's are historic, the parks are well maintained, there are Museum's and markets and a Mary Poppin's Festival.
I will cover all this in my reviews.

Maryborough was our first stop on a 10 day break, to give us a rest from the hard work we had been doing at home. You can follow our little tour by clicking on the links at the bottom of each page. I hope you enjoy the tour.

As you most probably guessed, I had a wonderful time in Maryborough. There was so much to see and do! Now we are travelling a short distance to HERVEY BAY, a very popular laid back sea-side town. You catch a ferry to Fraser Island from here. Fraser Island is the biggest sand Island in the world.
usual, this is the first place I go to when in a new town. The Maryborough Fraser Island Visitor Information Centre is located at City Hall on Kent Street in Maryborough, just look for the tall clock tower and you have found it!

If walking maps are available, I make sure to pick one up. Well, the info centre didn't have just one map, but many, ALL FREE as were all the brochure's and any other information in the centre.
There was a "Driving Tour" map, "Walking Tour" map and "Mary Poppin's" discovery trail. All had details on every important site on the walk - How great was this!

The staff were on hand to help and were quite friendly. Souvenirs were for sale, and included some nice local crafts, the usual T Shirts, Hats/Caps, postcard's, etc.

We did a walk and drive around the City, but if you want to there is aFREE GUIDED HERITAGE TOUR beginning at the Tourist Info Centre at 9am every week-day. The guide is dressed in period costume.
This is the website if your interested http://www.visitfrasercoast.com/destinations/maryborough/events/free-guided-heritage-walk-tour/

The Info centre is open daily..
Monday to Friday: 9-5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9-1pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Good Friday: Closed
Public Holiday: 9-1pm

Address: Kent Street

Phone: 1800 214 789

Website: http://www.visitfrasercoast.com/

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Pelican's in Prickett Park - Maryborough

Pelican's in Prickett Park
PRICKETT AQUATIC AREA

The Prickett Aquatic park was across the road from our Caravan Park. Each morning, I went for a walk here.
The area is large and lawned with picnic tables & chairs and FREE public Toilets. I loved the pond where many water Birds were looking for food in the morning.
This is the main access point to the Mary River for water activities. You can put a Boat in here or go fishing off the Pontoon.
The Park was named after George and Emma Prickett who arrived in Maryborough in 1874, aboard the Ship "Glamorganshire" from London with their five children. Most of the Prickett family lived with-in sight of this Park.

It was interesting seeing the rubbish still in the Tree's from the 2013 floods. You can see just how high the river was in my 3rd photo.

What-ever you do, DO NOT GO SWIMMING as CROCODILE'S MAY BE IN THE WATER.

Address: Corner of Ferry & South streets, Maryborough

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WALKING TOUR OF MARYBOROUGH

At the Tourist Information Centre I picked up several different walking tour brochures for around Maryborough.
I decided to do the Discovery tour first which began at the City Hall where the Tourist Information centre is located.
At the front of City Hall, is quite a small but important canon. It is a Time Canon, and isn't the original one that was given as a gift to the city, from the Premier of Queensland, John Douglas, it is a replica. The original is in the Bond Museum.
The Canon was found on the Torres Strait island of Mobiag and was most likely used by the vessels of the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. At the time, Maryborough didn't have a clock, so a Time Canon was believed to be a good gift.
On Thursdays, it is fired at one 1.00 p.m, quite a loud bang that can be heard 30 kms away. This is market day, and if you happen to be nearby, you may be asked to fire the canon.
The canon was first fired on 21 March 1878.

The original sat infront of the City Hall for 40 years, that was until somebody tried to steal it!

Do come with me for a walk around the city of Maryborough. First we will have a look at the City Hall of Maryborough.
There is so much of interest to see, that it took me quite a while to do the walk.

Website: http://www.visitfrasercoast.com/

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City Hall - Maryborough

City Hall

  1. 1 on tour - MARYBOROUGH CITY HALL

This is a beautiful City Hall built in American Colonial Style. A wealthy benefactor by the name of George White, donated the huge sum of 10,000 pounds to build the new City Hall. It was built in 1908 to replace an original timber Town Hall. The outside was built from local bricks, and inside, Red Cedar was used a lot. The inside was restored and refurbished in 1990, and is said to have some elaborate classical detail adorning the stage. It was in 1935, the Clock Tower was added.

Address: Corner of Kent & Lennox Streets, Maryborough

Website: http://www.visitfrasercoast.com/attractions/

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Bauer & Wiles Fountain - Maryborough

Bauer & Wiles Fountain

  1. 2 on tour - BAUER & WILES MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN

A walk along the side of the City Hall brought me to this Fountain. The Fountain is a memorial to Nurse Bauer and Wiles who died after volunteering to nurse victims of the Pneumonic Plague that swept through Maryborough in 1905.
This Plague or Black Death was the first and still only outbreak in Australia, killing 8 people at that time.
It's an event that is not well known. As it turned out, a series of tragic mistakes didn't help! The 1st victim, was wrongly diagnosed by the Doctor as having Dengue fever, no post mortem was done. No post-mortems were done until the 5th person died, even then a mistake was made, as the pathology sample was sent by ordinary post instead of the faster parcel post to Brisbane. It took another 4 days for the deaths to be confirmed as from the Pneumonic Plague. Even knowing this, there was no attempt made to isolate the patients!
It is interesting that a cure for the deadly plague of which there is a 99% mortality rate, wasn't discovered until 1943. The plague is a bacterial disease spread by rodents, so in Maryborough, they destroyed over 1000 Rats and condemned 7 buildings. Thank-goodness the plague didn't spread, there may have been thousands of deaths instead of the few in Maryborough.

The Fountain had been cleaned out and was empty, no water working! There is a plague on the Fountain where I could read the details - I didn't know of this event. Around the centre looked to be drawings of Aboriginals.

Address: Lennox street, Maryborough

Directions: In the City Hall park

Website: http://www.visitfrasercoast.com/attractions/

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St Paul's - Maryborough

St Paul's

  1. 3 on tour - ST. PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH

Before I even tried to get inside the Church I was busy taking photo's. Built out of dark bricks with white trimmings, this was one attractive Church!
This is the 3rd St. Paul's Anglican Church to be built, this one replacing an older timber Church on the same site. The first Church, was a timber slab building with shingled roof, constructed at the early settlement in 1852. With lots of gold being found in nearby Gympie, these Churches were continually being outgrown, hence the decision in 1877 to construct a new permanent masonry building of which the foundation stone was laid in 1878.
So this is how this beautiful Church came about, built in a similar design to the Holy Trinity Church of England in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

Address: Cnr Lennox and Ellena Sts, Maryborough

Website: http://www.anglicanmaryborough.org.au/

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St. Paul's Bell Tower - Maryborough

St. Paul's Bell Tower

  1. 3A on tour - St. Paul's Church Tower

A few steps from the Church is the beautiful free standing Bell Tower. This wasn't built at the time of the Church, just a little later in 1888. The Bells were made by Bell Founders in Whitechapel, London, and cost 3,500 gbp, a lot of money back then. Luckily, a wealthy parishioner and prominent pioneer settler, Mr. Edgar Aldridge, said he would donate the money in memory of his wife, "Maria", who had died in 1886. Just 7 weeks after the dedication, Edgar passed away.
I found the plaque on the outside of the Tower, and learnt that Bells 6&7 are named Maria & Edgar in their memory.

In the whole of Queensland, there are only two other such towers - St John's Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane has 12 bells, and St Andrew's South Brisbane has 6.

The bells were sent back to Whitechapel in London 2012 so they could be refurbished.

Address: Corner Lennox & Ellena streets, Maryborough

Website: http://www.anglicanmaryborough.org.au/prod/

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Inside St. Paul's church - Maryborough

Inside St. Paul's church

  1. 3B on tour - Inside St. Paul's Church

I was very lucky to see the inside of this Church, as it IS NOT OPEN EVERY DAY.
I had tried the previous day, and found the Church doors locked, then on MARKET DAY - THURSDAY, it was open and I was able to enter.
I was told it is only open when services are being held, which I think was three times a week.

I hope you can see the inside, as it is very beautiful. The chancel is made out of dark wood and is decorated with rosettes in alternating spaces. I really liked the dark wooden ceiling and the wooden pews!
A lot of the Church has been donated, like the Main Altar and the Sacred Heart Altar, the statue of "Our Lady," the Station's of the Cross, the Crucifix and 12 brass candlesticks and many of the beautiful stained glass windows.
Do go up the steps to the gallery and look down, it's a magnificent view of the inside of this Church!

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Historic Train Station - Maryborough

Historic Train Station

  1. 4 on tour - HISTORIC RAILWAY STATION & MORE

I'm beside the St. Paul's Church Bell Tower, waiting at the traffic lights to cross the road and see the old historic Maryborough Train Station.

Built in 1882, the Station was built in Victorian design and out of wood. There is a clock, and the date 1882 above the entrance. Nearby, is the large Stationmaster's residence, also wooden and built to the style of the era.

For those that like Train Museum's, the Whistlestop Museum is next door.
This is where you will find details on Maryborough's impressive rail history that began in 1873. Maryborough was a major supplier of steam, diesel-electric and electric trains and train carriages. This gave work to the people of the city, and by 1895, over 300 items of "rolling stock" had been produced! An air raid shelter was built into the station during WWII incase an air-raid occurred.
Luckily, the building was restored to its former glory in 2000.

Unfortunately, the opening hours for the Museum aren't that good.

Open (9.00am-1.00pm) every Thursday Market Day and the last Sunday of the month.
A visit including a guided tour is a gold coin donation [usually $2]

They run the "Mary Ann" Steam train on this day too, will tell you more about that in a later tip.
Available is Car Parking, Picnic Shelter and Public Toilet

Address: old Maryborough City Railway Station in Lennox

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  1. 6 on tour - STREET PAVEMENT ARTWORK - Maryborough
  2. 6 on tour - STREET PAVEMENT ARTWORK

I always seem to be looking up to find things, well in Maryborough, as I walked along Ellena Street past St. Paul's Church, I had to LOOK DOWN!

I thought this a lovely idea by the Primary School. The footpath is lined with paver's and on many of the paver's, the students have drawn sights of what they can see and do in Maryborough. These children have used their imagination, and I think have done a good job of fulfilling the title
"I CAN FIND IT IN MARYBOROUGH."
I wonder how many will come back as Adult's, and perhaps with children of their own to show Mum or Dad's piece of artwork when at Primary School in Maryborough!

Address: Ellena street, Maryborough

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Street sculpture - Maryborough

Street sculpture

  1. 7 -on tour - STREET SCULPTURE

Finished looking at the pavement on Ellena street, time to look at the big street sculpture in the same street.
This was done by local Maryborough artist - "Susie Hansen." Her large sculpture is a tribute to Maryborough industries through-out time.
The sculpture is a big flywheel cut in half which was originally fitted to a single cylinder kynoch suction gas engine in the powerhouse of Walker's Ltd. Around the sculpture of are small plaque's with drawings of some of these industries. One plaque on "Hyne & son" from 1897. This company is still going strong today.

Address: Ellena street, Maryborough

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St. Paul's Church Hall - Maryborough

St. Paul's Church Hall

  1. 8 - on tour - ST. PAUL'S MEMORIAL HALL

Still in Ellena street, and I find behind the Church, the Church Hall.
This was added quite a bit later in 1921. Built in similar design to the Church, it's another lovely addition. The foundation stone was laid on August 3, 1920 to co-incide with a visit to Maryborough by the Prince of Wales.
The hall was dedicated to the "glory of God and the memory of those who fell in the Great War."

On Thursday - Market Day, the ladies of the Church had Cake & Bric & Brac stalls, plus a "Sausage" Sizzle for those feeling hungry. A sausage in a piece of bread for $2!

Address: Corner of Ellena & Adelaide Streets.

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Thursday Market's - Maryborough

Thursday Market's

  1. 9 on tour - ADELAIDE STREET & MARKET'S

Adelaide street I walked along twice, once just looking at the Building's, and the second time was on a Thursday, when the street Market was on.
Adelaide street is closed to traffic on Thursday's and is filled with market stalls from 8am to 1.30pm.
Even though there are plenty of Car Park's, on a Thursday, most of these were full, so we found a side street and parked and walked. As it turned out, it wasn't far.

This market only sells new goods, food & drinks. Near the City Hall, was FREE entertainment and plenty of seating, much needed as the day was quite warm.
I like these type of markets because it's where I can by home-made Jam, Chutney, Relish, Pickles & Sauces, Local honey and home-made soaps, natural health products, fresh fruit & vegetables, garden plants, necklaces and clothing and a lot more!
There was Margaret's Dog Coats and Accessories stall, selling hats for Dog's, I don't think my Dog would like it on his head!
I can recommend "Yummy Kettle Popcorn." Cups of FREE SAMPLES are given, then you can buy if you like- no pressure. There are several different varieties, I always buy the one I try, that is nice and only costs $6 for a large bag.
A stall sells Bratwurst, Knackwurst and Brockwurst, but no where near as cheap as in Germany.

I liked the variety of stall's, many selling quite different item's to other market's. It is quite busy, so I just took my time. My husband and I split up at the market's, I take a lot longer to look around.
Wear a hat and comfortable shoes, if you forget, Hat's were for sale and some nice freshly squeezed juices, especially Pineapple which is grown locally!

I thoroughly enjoyed this market and would recommend you coming on a Thursday if in the area.
If your here at 1pm, the historic Time Cannon will be fired by the Town Crier and Mary Heritage.

Address: Adelaide street, Maryborough tour - ADELAIDE STREET

My walk along Adelaide street on a non-market day was quite different!
I could see what the historic building's actually looked like, and was quite amazed at the many built in Art Deco design.

The first photo is of what once was King's Café, now the Suncorp Bank.
King Brothers business was so good, that they had to construct a new Café. This was remodeled in the Art Deco style in 1938. King’s cafe operated until 1972.

Another interesting building from 1901, belonged to Fred Monsour who was a prominent Silk Merchant. A little further along the street, was a building belonging to J. Monsour.

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  1. 11 on tour - TOWN HALL GREEN

Not only in Europe were there public hangings, but also here in Australia and at Maryborough. The Town Hall green, which is a rather nice restful park now located in the city centre, was the site of the first Courthouse, Police Station & Gaol. In 1877, a Hangman & Gallows were transported here from Brisbane, and two felon's were publicly hung.
Now, it seems quite a popular spot for meeting friends and for the worker's to enjoy lunch.

Near the Commonwealth Bank, are a series of four large etching's, entitled "Five O'clock Whistle."
These represent early times in Maryborough, when the whistle would blow at 5pm for the worker's to down tool's and finish work for the day in various factories in Maryborough. The men hopped onto their bicycles and rode home. Back then, there were hundreds of bicycles, a very different sight to today in Maryborough.

Chifley Place is in the square, and this is where you can have your say, just like "Speaker's corner" in London.

Free Public toilets are located in the square

Address: Corner of Adelaide & Kent streets, Maryborough

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Minerva - Maryborough

Minerva

  1. 12 on tour - THE SCHOOL OF ARTS

Opposite City Hall, is the old School of Arts building which was constructed in the classic revival style in 188, replacing the first School of Arts built in 1861 . It contained a library, museum, reading room, technical college and a billiard room. In 1958, it housed the first Ringrose Library in Queensland where books were available to external students of the University of Queensland.
It's home to the Maryborough and Wide Bay Burnett Historical Society.Historical Society which has a collection of 3500 photo's of early history. The collection also includes historical records, wedding gowns 1890–1910, needle work and lace items. Unfortunately, when I went to enter, I saw a notice on the door saying it was closed because of flood damage. It will re-open 26th October, 2013.
Well, the outside was quite nice, and above the doorway was, Minerva the goddess of wisdom.

Address: Kent street, Maryborough

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Kent Street building - Maryborough

Kent Street building

  1. 13 on tour - KENT STREET

Kent street is one of the main streets in the city centre of Maryborough, and one that is really interesting to walk along. A lot of the building's are mentioned on the "Discovery Trail" walk, but just as many interesting historic buildings are not.
In the vacant building's, I found artwork filling the window's, and some quite different gift's in one of the shops.
Another building was holding an Art exhibition.

Address: Kent street, Maryborough

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Former Joint Stock Bank - Maryborough

Former Joint Stock Bank

  1. 14 on tour - FORMER AUSTRALIAN JOINT STOCK BANK

This building is featured on many of Maryboroughs walks.

Why the interest?
Maryborough was the birthplace of Helen Lyndon Goff, who under the pseudonym "PL Travers," wrote the Mary Poppins series of books. Her father was the Bank Manager of this Bank, so the family lived upstairs in the living quarters.
The building dates to 1882 and is built in classic revival style, including an arched entrance and Corinthian pillars.

Address: 331 Kent Street, Maryborough, Qld

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Mary Poppins & friends - Maryborough

Mary Poppins & friends

  1. 15 on tour - MARY POPPINS STATUE

MARY POPPINS!

Located beside the Bank where the author of Mary Poppins book's was born, is a bronze statue of Mary Poppins.
The people of Maryborough got together to raise enough money for this statue to be built in year 2000.
The statue is only 1.5metres high, the size of the mythical nanny in the book, and not of Julie Andrews. Mary Poppins has her magic carpet bag and all important umbrella.
This is the first statue ever erected, acknowledging Helen Goff, [ Pamela Travers] the author of the series of books. It was in 1934, when she wrote the first Mary Poppins book. Her novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages and 'Supercalifragilistic' is a word known world-wide!
As you could imagine, this statue is very popular for photo's!

This is part of the Discovery Trail I am following, and also the "Magical Mary Discovery trail map."
Air raid shelter

  1. 5 on tour - AIR RAID SHELTER

The Air Raid Shelter is located in a park next to the old Railway Station.
I really wonder what would have happened if needed to be used in WWII, for you see, this shelter was only for the use of Rail employee's and Train Passenger's!
Would there be a guard to stop the general public entering, the mind boggles....
Luckily, it was never used and now is a reminder of the past.
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  1. 16 on tour - CHERRY TREE LANE ART - Maryborough
  2. 16 on tour - CHERRY TREE LANE ART

A walk past Mary Poppins statue and along Richmond street led me past some interesting art work on Mary Poppins.
The artwork is on six steel posts bearing phrases from the Mary Poppins books on one side, and on the other, artistic drawings by local children.
So if you remember some of the stories, you will be familiar with the art work.

The six are represented with these phrases...............

  1. Chapter 5 in Book - "Mary Poppins comes back"
  2. Chapter 10 in Book "Full Moon."
  3. Chapter 12 in Book "The West Wind"
  4. Chapter 1 in Book "The fifth of November"
  5. Chapter 5 in Book "The Dancing Cow"
  6. "Her reflection gazed at her from the mirror, assuring her that she and it were an elegant pair of some-bodies.

Located at stop 12 on Mary Poppins trail.

Address: Richmond Street, Maryborough

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Discover Portside - Maryborough

Discover Portside

  1. 17 on tour - DISCOVER PORTSIDE

Portside is another district in the city of Maryborough.
The area includes Richmond street, where Mary Poppins statue is located, then it heads to the River, Queen's Park and the Wharves.
In the area are many historic buildings, as 160 years ago, this was one of Australia's largest and biggest Port's.

Once again, there is an excellent brochure "DISCOVER PORTSIDE" available at the Tourist Info Centre, which includes map and detailed information, another excellent publication. Around the area, there a boards incase you haven't the map, just look at these and you will be lost no more!!

Address: Portside district - Maryborough

Website: http://www.ourfrasercoast.com.au

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Woodstock House - Maryborough

Woodstock House

  1. 18 on tour - WOODSTOCK HOUSE

Even though this building is called Woodstock House, it really doesn't look like a house at all, but like a Bank, which it once was.
An two storey store built in 1863 was demolished to make way for the National Bank in 1915. Banks were built in a similar impressive and very strong style all around the country.
Still wondering about the name, I have found this was given to the building when it was used as a Doctor's Surgery.
In 1997, it was restored and now looks resplendent!

Address: Corner of Kent & Richmond Street, Maryborough

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Former Royal Hotel - Maryborough

Former Royal Hotel

  1. 19 on tour - FORMER ROYAL HOTEL

The former Royal is a large two storied rendered brick building, with ornamental Italianate balusters, and a hipped roof entrance. It's a grand looking building, and no wonder - It was built when times were good and money plentiful during the gold rushes of the 1860's.
The hotel is a two-storey rendered brick building, ornamented by Italianate balusters which surround the hipped corrugated iron roof. The Bazaar Street end of the building was built in 1892 as a drapery shop later converted to become a bar while the rest of the hotel building was completed.
I had a look through the windows to see what the grand foyer and staircase was like - I couldn't see a thing! It looks ok on the outside, perhaps they are renovating the inside, I hope so!
It was easy to see why this Hotel was where gala occasions were held.

This Hotel is also included in the HISTORIC PUBS TRAIL OF MARYBOROUGH BROCHURE

Address: Corner Kent & Bazaar streets, Maryborough

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Stupart's Building - Maryborough

Stupart's Building

  1. 20 on tour - FORMER STUPART'S BUILDING

Another building of interest in Kent street, is the building built by Mr. Stupart, built in 1883 as the first was demolished by fire in 1876. The new building became known as the "The Drapery Palace."

I found some information from an old Newspaper of the time on the Trove website.

It states the "Drapery Palace" was a meeting place for the locals. I found it interesting, especially the wording, of how Mr. Stupart ran his large store.
The paper stated Mr. Stupart as always having well dressed windows with the newest items in the fashion world and he would not be beaten! Not anybody could run his department store, only those with capable heads, many had been with him for 20 of the 30 years this store was in operation.
The store had a Tailoring department, and quite a big area for Hoisery, Ribbon's and Laces and a Furniture department upstairs, which included floor covering's. It sounds like this store carried everything for a "one stop shop." Most of the clothing was imported from the States, although Blankets and flannels,in great demand for Winter, were made in Australia. Orders had to be placed early, this enabled Mr. Stupart to buy at bottom prices!,

"The article finished with
"Unquestionably the Drapery Palace is the leading house in Maryborough."

Of interest to Australian's, is the firm, " David Jones" traded here from 1977-1981.
David Jones still has Department stores in Australian big cities.

Address: Corner of Kent & Bazaar Streets, Maryborough

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Former Royal Bank of Queensland - Maryborough

Former Royal Bank of Queensland

  1. 21 on tour - FORMER ROYAL BANK OF QUEENSLAND

The Former Royal Bank of Queensland in Kent street is a architecturally beautiful baroque revival building, the type I would expect to find in Europe. It had recently been painted and looked wonderful! The Building was named "Windsor House." The Bank opened it's doors in 1888 in this building. Today, it is no longer a Bank, but where you go to see the Doctor or Dentist.

Address: 297 Kent street, Maryborough

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  1. 22 on tour - GATAKER'S BUILDING & ARTSPACE - Maryborough
  2. 22 on tour - GATAKER'S BUILDING & ARTSPACE

Gataker's building and the warehouse behind, are the OLDEST SURVIVING BUILDING'S IN MARYBOROUGH.

Robert Travis had these two buildings built in 1868 as a warehouse for storing wine & spirits for merchant's Graham & Gataker.

The building behind is Gatakers Artspace which promotes art of individuals and groups within the community. I found some really excellent paintings and other types of artwork. It didn't take me long to look through, but I was glad I did!

ENTRY IS FREE
OPEN....Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1pm.

Address: 311 Kent street, Maryborough

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The Engineer's Arms - Maryborough

The Engineer's Arms

  1. 23 on tour - THE ENGINEER'S ARM'S

When I first set eyes on this building, I laughed, as to me it looked like a "crooked house." I don't think it is, its just the verandah that gives that impression and perhaps because it's built on a wedge shaped block.

In 1889, when first built, it was a Pub, built in a similar design to ones found along Sydneys waterfront at the time.
It's said to be haunted by member's of the Dillane family. What a terrible life this family had!~
The husband died 7 years after taking the Pub over in 1870, then his daughter, who was only 11 years old, and lastly his son, aged 17years. Even with all this sadness, his wife stayed on as Publican of the Hotel. The poor woman met a dreadful death, dying by drowning in Maryboroughs worst flood in 1893. The last son died the following year.
What a sad real-life story belongs to this old Hotel.

Address: Corner of March & Bowen Streets, Maryborough

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Mary Poppin's Mural - Maryborough

Mary Poppin's Mural

  1. 24 on tour - MAGICAL MARY POPPINS!

It wasn't any surprise when walking the streets of Maryborough to find building's, Cafe's, etc with something to do with Mary Poppin's in their name.
At the City Hall green, is something different altogether. On the footpath bricks, a local Artist [Monica Bayer] has etched Mary Poppin's figures, there are five altogether. If you have children with you, remember to bring pencil & paper to place over the etching's and then rub over with the pencil to see Mary Poppins.

As I walked along Kent street, I found a large Mary Poppins mural, painted by Helen Balmer. She has painted a scene from "Balloon's and Balloon's." This is from the second Mary Poppin's book. Other characters on the mural are, "the sweep, Jane & Michael and the Police Inspector, float on magic balloon's, the red Cow jumping over the moon and Mary Poppin's with her Parrot head Umbrella shade."
You will find this on the "Discovery & Mary Poppins discovery trail."

Address: City centre of Maryborough

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Apartment's & Worker's Hall - Maryborough

Apartment's & Worker's Hall

  1. 25 on tour - HISTORIC WHARF AREA

Still continuing following the "Discovery Trail," I turn left into March street at the Engineer's Arm's Hotel, and follow it to Wharf Street.
From now on, these places can be visited on the "DISCOVER PORTSIDE TRAIL"
A FREE brochure can be picked up from the Tourist Information centre.

A house is on the corner, then a large blue building. The original house was built in 1853, by Edmund Uhr for his family on this site, however the house was destroyed by fire in 1889. The second was completed in 1891 and it was during the re-building, that graves were found of two "Uhr" children. It was a boarding house, now it's Apartment's.
Next door, and unpainted is the heritage listed "Waterside Worker's Hall."

Address: Wharf street

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