Maryborough’s historical precinct on Wharf Street includes museums, pubs, restaurants, public art, parklands and heritage buildings.
Maryborough’s historical precinct on Wharf Street includes museums, pubs, restaurants, public art, parklands and heritage buildings.

Revamp for Wharf St heritage buildings to start next week

THE Bond Store Museum and the Customs House Interpretive Centre in Maryborough's Wharf Street Precinct will close next week for refurbishment.

The work is intended to "bring the buildings back to life" and to install interpretive displays.

Community, Heritage and Family Services Portfolio Councillor George Seymour said the renovations would start on May 11 and be completed by June 1, ahead of the Relish Food and Wine festival.

"The Customs House Interpretive Centre and the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum will remain open during that time," Cr Seymour said.

"The focus will then shift to the Customs House with the entire project finished by September," he said.

The project would improve the Portside heritage tourism exper- ience, and the displays would have a strong interpretive theme, focussing on the buildings and their original purposes, he said.

"The displays will also provide improved content and experience for children and school groups."

An interactive display about the Chang Chow shipwreck, will be developed, with the help of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme, funded by the Australian Government.

The Chang Chow was wrecked off Fraser Island in 1884 on a voyage to Hong Kong from Newcastle.

Artefacts from the wreck were retrieved by divers who donated them to the council.

On board the Chang Chow were Chinese gold miners returning to Hong Kong from the Australian goldfields.

Six miners were drowned in the wreck, weighed down by gold they carried.