For sale or lease - The Hervey Bay Shark Show building, Urangan.
For sale or lease - The Hervey Bay Shark Show building, Urangan. Valerie Horton

Bay museum sinks teeth into sale of shark

VOLUNTEERS at the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum are ready to sink their teeth into bringing the iconic Urangan Shark Show display back to life after it was relocated to the Zephyr St attraction last month for restoration and safe keeping.

But there's just one link missing in order to bring the display back to its former glory.

Vic Hislop, who owned the Shark Show on the Esplanade in Urangan until it closed in 2016, is now selling the massive five-metre fibreglass shark that was once mounted above the display.

But with a price tag of about $4000, project officer Brian Taylor said it was out of the not-for-profit organisations reach so they are calling on the community to help with their fundraising efforts to buy it.

"We want to bring the display to exactly as it was for all those years sitting on the Esplanade," Mr Taylor said.

The large shark is part of the whole original display and it was there for over 30 years.

"It really is a Hervey Bay icon and it's important to preserve this sort of history."

 

The museum hopes to buy this five-metre shark to be placed with the rest of the display which was relocated to the Zephyr St attraction.
The museum hopes to buy this five-metre shark to be placed with the rest of the display which was relocated to the Zephyr St attraction. JOHN ANDERSEN

About $700 has already been donated to the Give Now fundraising page, with a $500 donation from Hervey Bay historian Bev Cornwell and a further $1000 will be donated from councillor George Seymour's discretionary fund.

"I have set up a cause to raise funds to buy the large shark and to repair the whole operation," Mr Taylor said.

"Anyone who donates $100 or more will have their name on a commemorative plaque which will be put along-side the display."

The restoration of the three fibreglass sharks is now under way, with Mr Taylor trying his hand at dentistry and replacing the vandalised teeth with new and improved hand-made wooden versions.

"I have made about two dozen so far and they will be set in position in the mouth and painted white to look more realistic," Mr Taylor said.

"They all had to be sanded by hand."

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Once a permanent position has been selected in the village and they have enough funds to buy the large shark, Mr Taylor says it should only take about three months to complete the display.

"We will be inviting members of the public, as they did when it was down on the Esplanade, to climb in the boat and have their photo taken with the background of sea and sky so it looks like they are really at sea, with the sharks attacking the boat.

 

Keith Elliott -
Keith Elliott - "shark wrangler" from the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum with two sharks and the boat from Vic Hislop's Shark Show. Alistair Brightman

"They will be sending their photos to Facebook and so on ... it's great publicity for the museum and for Hervey Bay."

To donate, visit givenow.com.au/wwwgivenowcomau or follow the links on the museum's website at herveybaymuseum.com.au.



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