History buffs put Hervey Bay on paper for 150th celebration
HERVEY Bay man John Andersen loves the Fraser Coast and has spent countless hours sharing that love.
Having lived here his whole life and as a fifth generation Hervey Bay/Maryborough resident, Mr Andersen is a man who has a clear appreciation of the area's extensive history.
Joking that he spends 25 hours, eight days a week there, he is dedicated to his role as president of the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum.
"The museum has grown so rapidly and has really become an education centre because there is so much to see and learn about our local history," he said.
"It is gratifying to see how much it has grown because it has survived some tough times financially and now attracts tourist groups from as far away as Adelaide."
With a group of dedicated volunteers, Mr Andersen is able to keep the Historical Village and Museum open, even on the weekends.
One thing of which he is particularly proud is a book to celebrate Hervey Bay's coming 150-year anniversary - titled Hervey Bay: The First 150 Years.
Taking thousands of hours of research with co-researcher Brian Taylor, Mr Andersen said it was a massive effort, but an amazing book that would be available for many years to come.
"We were up to detail from 1863 right up until some of the most recent events of 2013 including the recent orca beachings," he said.