Hervey Bay artist Rolf Sieber and president Brian Taylor.
Hervey Bay artist Rolf Sieber and president Brian Taylor. Brittany Cook

Tied up with rope display

THESE days, there's not a lot of value placed on the humble rope.

Hervey Bay Historical Society Museum president Brian Taylor, however, is one man who knows the true value of the braided reserves.

"We've set up a display to showcase our rope making machine, rope samples and knots, and now we have a great new mural to give the display some context," Mr Taylor said.

Hervey Bay Art Society president and talented artist Rolf Sieber has donated his time and services to paint a HMB Endeavour themed scene at the Zephyr St museum to enhance the ropes display.

"I did the work here for the Hervey Bay Historical Society for free as a token of appreciation for all the hard work they've been doing," Mr Sieber said.

Mr Taylor said up until 50 years ago all ropes were made from natural fibres and were an everyday part of life.

"Ropes are taken for granted now but it's so much more essential than people realise," Mr Taylor said.

A 100-year-old rope-making machine is still in operation and it is available for demonstrations as part of the attraction.

The display will be officially opened by Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell on September 29 as part of the museum's Open Day and Hervey Bay's 150th birthday celebrations.



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