Historical village and museum calls for Maheno relics

IF THE chair pictured below could talk, it could tell historic tales about the wounded from the First World War and its time travelling to and from the shores of Gallipoli, having been in the main dining room of the iconic Maheno.

After washing ashore on Fraser Island's 75-mile beach almost 80 years ago, the once-magnificent ship is slowly rusting away and sinking into the sand.

But Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum president John Andersen says its history doesn't have to sink with it.

Volunteers hope to expand their existing display to preserve this important piece of history, especially with the 80th anniversary coming up on July 9.

The red arrow identifies the chair in the Maheno dining room as number 17, which has been donated to the museum by Hervey Bay’s Mary and Trevor McDonald.
The red arrow identifies the chair in the Maheno dining room as number 17, which has been donated to the museum by Hervey Bay’s Mary and Trevor McDonald. Hervey Bay Historical Village And Museum

"We would greatly appreciate any donations."

Hervey Bay's Mary and Trevor McDonald were the first to respond to a public call from the museum for Maheno relics, with the donation of this Number 17 chair.

"We thank councillor McDonald and his wife Mary for donating a dining room chair ... they hope their donation will create interest and encourage more donations.

"We take the responsibility of caring for these collections very seriously. We look forward to this ongoing duty of care so that future generations will be able to be part of our rich local history."

Inquiries can be forwarded to Mr Andersen on 0412 166 447 or the museum on 4128 4804.

Trevor and Mary McDonald generously donated their number 17 chair, which was used in the dining room of the Maheno, to Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum.
Trevor and Mary McDonald generously donated their number 17 chair, which was used in the dining room of the Maheno, to Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum. Alistair Brightman

 

 

The Maheno is the largest relic of Gallipoli in Australia. It was used as a First World War hospital ship and was at Gallipoli numerous times.
The Maheno is the largest relic of Gallipoli in Australia. It was used as a First World War hospital ship and was at Gallipoli numerous times.