Robbyn Thomas, Noel Haddow, Lynette and John Andersen, Glenda and David Brahman celebrate the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum’s 40th birthday.
Robbyn Thomas, Noel Haddow, Lynette and John Andersen, Glenda and David Brahman celebrate the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum’s 40th birthday. Robyne Cuerel

Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum celebrates 40 years

HUNDREDS of people have treated themselves with a visit to the iconic Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum to celebrate its 40th birthday.

President John Andersen said he had been involved with the museum for more years than he could remember and said it existed to preserve the region's memories.

"All we are really is custodians of all this stuff for the next generation," he said.

Mr Andersen said the birthday bash was used to open four brand new exhibits, including a 1930s replica of his grandmother's Scarness store Haddow's.

He was joined by family for the opening and the commemoration was extra special as it coincided with his 44th wedding anniversary.

"We were married at the church which is now part of the museum," he said.

The long-time local said both his and his wife's families had many connections in the area and he was proud of the work the museum did.

"It's a completely volunteer based organisation," Mr Andersen said.

A valuable mineral and shell collection, a 1930s Dennis fire engine and a four-metre replica model of 1925 Main St, Pialba, also opened at the weekend.

Visitors were treated to displays from the Bauple Museum, the Maryborough Hospital Museum and photos and displays by the Maryborough Historical Society.

There was plenty of entertainment with demonstrations, tractor rides, alpaca and performances by HUMPS Ukulele Club and Jim Daniels.

The Historical Village and Museum opened in 1974 with just two buildings and a handful of volunteers. It has grown to a multi award winning attraction with 21 buildings and 143 volunteers.