MARYBOROUGH has celebrated some of the region's pioneering families as the Maryborough Family Heritage Institute launched a series of books highlighting one chapter of the town's long history.

The two-day Immigration Celebration attracted more than 200 descendents to the launch of seven books, each one mapping the history of the seven ships that brought as many as 3000 immigrants to Maryborough between 1864 and 1874.

Maryborough Family Heritage Institute president Kay Gassan said the books took several months to prepare.

They include family trees and recount tales passed on from the original passengers.

"I started this two years ago with the first boat to come from England direct to Maryborough," Kay said.

"It is about keeping Maryborough's history alive and promoting this place as a heritage city so people come back and see where their family is from."

"When we're putting this all together it is sometimes difficult to get in touch with everyone because they are all over Australia but people are very happy to oblige."

She said the challenge for the future is getting younger generations interested in the story of their heritage.

"With the number of boats that came in we could be doing this as an annual event for another 50 year.

"We need the young ones to be involved so these stories can keep being told."

The launch was followed by a historical boat cruise along the Mary River on Sunday.



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