Ken Brooks (middle) discusses local history with Fraser Coast councillor George Seymour (left) and Ian Scougall from the Maryborough Historical Society.
Ken Brooks (middle) discusses local history with Fraser Coast councillor George Seymour (left) and Ian Scougall from the Maryborough Historical Society. Contributed

Ken Brooks to discuss historic interiors at lunchtime talk

FOLLOWING the success of the first Lunchtime History Talk, history buffs are invited to the Maryborough Library on Tuesday, August 13, to hear Ken Brooks talk about historic interiors.

"Ken is well known locally as a history guru," Fraser Coast councillor George Seymour said.

"This is a great opportunity to listen to someone who is passionate, knowledgeable and engaging".

Ken has been involved in the museum industry since 1989, including the work prior to and during the restoration of Brennan and Geraghty's Store in Maryborough. 

The store is now a museum showcasing the community of Maryborough and is operated by the National Trust of Queensland.

Ken also manages the National Trust Interiors Resource Centre which houses objects from Queensland interiors from the 1860s through to the 1980s.

The collection includes wallpaper, floor coverings, soft furnishings, paint catalogues, wall stencils and other items used in decorating Queensland homes.

The facility was opened as part of the 2012 Maryborough Open House and will be open for the event again this year.

As part of his local history talk, Ken will take along some of items from the Interiors Resource Centre.

He will talk about managing some fragile items and how they can be used to help understand home decorating trends of the past.

The monthly talks are held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Maryborough Library at noon.

More than 45 people attended the first talk by Lindsay 'Butch' Titmarsh earlier this month.

Cr Seymour said he hoped the monthly talks encouraged an interest in history.

"It's a great way to hear short, interesting talks on local history," he said.

There is no charge for the even which starts at noon, but bookings are essential and can be made by phoning the library on 4190 5788.



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