This photo of a buggy made by Whitakers, Coachbuilders in Pialba is among images donated by Gordon Whitaker ahead of Hervey Bay's 150th celebrations.
This photo of a buggy made by Whitakers, Coachbuilders in Pialba is among images donated by Gordon Whitaker ahead of Hervey Bay's 150th celebrations. Contributed

Trip through Hervey Bay’s rich history

EDITORIAL: It's tempting to think of Hervey Bay as the upstart of the Fraser Coast, brash and young as a city in contrast to the rich heritage of old Maryborough.

But the Bay is brimming with history, and the growing museum precinct run by the Hervey Bay Historical Society is evidence of that.

Old buildings from around the district - from a slab pig pen to the Dundowran hall, from a railway station to the weatherboard church where I used to nod off during my father's sermons - have been collected by the society.

Inside what was once a Methodist vestry, a Second World War siren sits quietly with Butchulla artefacts and relics from the Maheno (you can compare the bathing facilities for the first- and second-class passengers). Items from wartime and peacetime tell their tales of the past.

The Chronicle will join that storytelling over the next few weeks leading up to the celebration of Hervey Bay's 150th anniversary on September 29.

Each Tuesday we will bring you fascinating pieces of the past, courtesy of the Historical Society and its extensive book that will be published for the event - Hervey Bay: The First 150 Years.

Readers are welcome to send us their own historical photographs. Click here to share your photos.



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