Rail, coal and sugar history on show at Station Square

STATION Square Shopping Centre will take you back in time to a year of rail, coal and sugarcane on the Fraser Coast.

The centre is commemorating the arrival of the Prince Consort and Sultana Vessels 150 years ago, and St James, Glamorganshire, Tim Whiffler and Great Queenslander 140 years ago in conjunction with the Maryborough Historical Society and Maryborough Family Heritage Institute's Immigration Celebrations this weekend.

Maryborough has a fascinating history which Station Square Shopping Centre management said it was pleased to share with the public and thanked the Maryborough Historical Society for supplying the images.

Station Square Shopping Centre is calling on all locals of the Fraser Coast region to come in and take a stroll through the past, with more than 300 photos from the 1840s onward, and an opportunity to buy the photos and gain a piece of Fraser Coast History, with all proceeds donated to the Maryborough Historical Society and Maryborough Family Heritage Institute.

The public display will be on at Station Square Shopping Centre until May 21 during centre trading hours.

Heritage Institute organises reunion

THE Spirit of Hervey Bay will dock at Maryborough port this weekend just like the six ships 150 and 140 years ago.

The Immigration Celebrations will commemorate the 150th anniversaries of the arrival of the Prince Consort and the Sultana and the 140th anniversaries for the St James, Glamorganshire, Tim Whiffler and Great Queensland to Maryborough.

Kay Gassan of the Maryborough Family Heritage Institute said many hours had gone into the organisation of the historical event.

"Members and volunteers have compiled six books, one for each ship's arrival, which will be available for purchase at the weekend's event," Ms Gassan said.

"This is a community event for everyone but we would love to hear from the descendants of the immigrants from the six ships that sailed into Fraser Island's waters, off loaded and transhipped by coastal steamers to Maryborough."

The annual Immigration Celebration will be held May 17 and 18.

On May 17, there will be a reunion, with lunch, held in the Parish Hall from 9am where family trees and memorabilia will be on display and a dinner function at the Carrier's Arms Hotel.

On May 18, the Spirit of Hervey Bay will be operating and tickets are still available.

Bookings are to be made at the Heritage Centre corner Wharf and Richmond Sts, Maryborough, phone 4123 1620, email heritage research@bigpond.com or visit Facebook.