This is what Torquay Rd looked like many years ago, on the present site of the RSL, outside a property owned by the Fraser Coast's pioneering Whitaker family.
This is what Torquay Rd looked like many years ago, on the present site of the RSL, outside a property owned by the Fraser Coast's pioneering Whitaker family. Contributed

Photos donated by Whitaker family ahead of 150th party

THE phones didn't have touch screens. They didn't even have dials. But no one could forget W. Whitaker's phone number.

The pioneering Whitaker family picked up the first new-fangled phone connection in Hervey Bay, and, of course, were No.1.

The Whitaker name carried on in Maryborough as Whitaker Holden for many years.

Gordon Whitaker (formerly of Walkers) is now retired and living in Hervey Bay.

He donated these pictures to the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum ahead of big celebrations this year for Hervey Bay's 150th anniversary.

The Bay Historical Society has mined its extensive collection of Hervey Bay and district photographs and information to produce a fascinating book, Hervey Bay: The First 150 Years, to be published as part of the September 29 event.

A time capsule will be carried to the museum site in Zephyr St, Scarness, in a 1930s hearse before being ceremoniously buried there.

Each Tuesday until then, The Chronicle will publish more fascinating pictures from Hervey Bay's past, courtesy of the Historical Society.

Bay birthday plans

  • Official opening by the Queensland Governor on September 29
  • Hi-tech time capsule to be buried
  • Museum display and demonstrations all day
  • Launching of Hervey Bay: The First 150 Years


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