Sunday 23 August 2020

Maryborough-Historic Queensland Town



Maryborugh is a historic town on the Mary River, 255 KM from Brisbane.It was on the way to Hervey Bay 930KM)  and Fraser Island and worth a visit.

The Fraser Coast was first mapped my Matthew Flinders in 1822 and the first white settlers were escaped convicts from the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement. By 1847 a small wool store had been established on the Mary River (named after Mary Lennox , wife of the then Govenor of NSW, Charles Fitzroy.) It became a city in 1905, had a rail line from Brisbane and was the largest port in Queensland. Many immigrants from around the world entered throiugh Maryborough.

It established industry in boat building (WW2 frigates)  and later railroad stock. During WW2 it was used to repair Navy vessels (the reason for my first visit as a very young kid).

It is also the birth place of  Pamela Lyndon Travers (in 1899) the author of Mary Poppins.

A convenient place to stay was

Best Western Kimba Lodge

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