THE bell from the shipwrecked Maheno has been replicated four times with the first one unveiled at the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum on Monday.

Olds Engineering's Peter Olds and grandson William delivered one of the replica bells, complete with stand, to museum principal John Meyers, museum volunteers and the public.

"The ship was built in 1905 and she was very fast and very comfortable", Mr Olds said.

"The stories go that anybody considered themselves lucky to get on the Maheno as a hospital ship in the First World War."

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Mr Olds said the original bell hung at the Maheno School in New Zealand.

"The school used it as a bell but many years ago took it off the stand and hung it from the ceiling," he said.

In October last year, Russell Postle, a member of Brisbane High Rise Rotary Club, asked Mr Olds to make several replicas.

"I'm very please we have one stopping in Maryborough," Mr Olds said.

The bell can be viewed at the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum, 106 Wharf St every day from 9am-3pm.

Peter Olds (CEO Olds Engineering) and museum director John Meyers were excited to accept the replica Maheno bell presented to the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum.
Peter Olds (CEO Olds Engineering) and museum director John Meyers were excited to accept the replica Maheno bell presented to the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum. Alistair Brightman