M'bgh historical records preserved

MARYBOROUGH’S collection of historical council records will soon undergo an intensive spit and polish to ensure it continues to provide good service to the region well into the future.

The collection, currently stored in City Hall, will be cleaned of potentially damaging fungi and grime, starting on February 8.

The cleaning process will take about three weeks. Moisture Control Services will wipe clean the surfaces of each article.

Once the collection is clean it will be re-housed in a concrete safe in the council’s Maryborough administration building, where there are more constant temperature and humidity levels.

Fraser Coast councillor Barb Hovard said the record would provide valuable information for those looking to research their families, as well as for the people of Maryborough.

“People can do extensive research on the internet but they are often searching for more than that. They will ring Maryborough’s historians for information then when they are told that their great-grandparents arrived here on a sailing ship from England in 1874, the next thing you know they are right here to walk where their ancestors first walked in Australia and to soak up the atmosphere of the place.”

As local government boundaries have changed several times since the records were complied, they cover not just Maryborough but most of the region.

Some records were lost in the 1990 City Hall arson attack and others were water damaged in floods but most remain in good condition.

They include council and committee minutes, account books, rates and wages ledgers, water rates books and valuations registers dating from the 1880s to the 1970s.



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