The Governor of Queensland Penelope Wensley inspects the 9th Battalion Re-enactment Group on her arrival at the village.
The Governor of Queensland Penelope Wensley inspects the 9th Battalion Re-enactment Group on her arrival at the village. Robyne Cuerel

Queensland Governor helps Hervey Bay celebrate 150 years

COSTUMES, big bands, penny farthings and Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley helped to celebrate Hervey Bay's 150th anniversary at the weekend.

Hundreds of people attended a special open day at Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum on Sunday, where Ms Wensley helped to bury a time capsule and launch the anniversary with a cake cutting.

Museum president John Anderson said big crowds helped to mark the day.

He said the museum and its new exhibits would be open every afternoon for the rest of the school holidays.

Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen recalled watching the 100th anniversary celebrations half a century ago and said he was proud to be the sitting MP for this milestone.

Queensland Minister for Heritage Protection Andrew Powell was also on hand to officially open two new exhibits at the museum, including a rope display that includes replicas of those carried on the HMS Endeavour.

"Today has just been absolutely outstanding," he said.

Mr Powell said the event was only the second or third 150th celebration he had attended in Queensland.

The celebrations included a special 150th dinner at Hervey Bay Community Centre and the official launch of the 150 Years of Hervey Bay book at the Hervey Bay RSL on Saturday.

A group of riders also dusted off vintage bikes as part of a celebratory ride from the Urangan Pier to the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum on Sunday morning.



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