This self-drive tour will help you discover the city’s unique character and takes approximately 1.5 hours.
in Maryborough was in 1876 when one whole city block was destroyed. Continue along Lennox St. On the left is… 6. St Mary’s College Formerly the Christian Brothers High School from 1888 to 1988, the College is now co-educational. Through the main gates you can glimpse the school’s War Memorial. On your right is…
For more details on the following points of interest, refer to the Walk Tour. 1. City Hall 2. Bauer and Wiles Memorial Fountain
Starting from City Hall in Kent St, turn left into Lennox St. On the right you will see the... 3. Railway Station Built in 1882, the heritage listed Railway Station features a Victorian design. The station master’s residence has much of the character of larger Queensland houses of that era. The railway complex also houses the Whistlestop Museum which documents Maryborough’s impressive rail history. The first sod for the railway line from Maryborough to Gympie was turned in 1878, with pick and shovel gangs completing the project in three years. In 1895, the district boasted 300 items of locally made rolling stock. Maryborough has long been a major supplier of steam, diesel-electric and electric trains and train carriages in a railway history that began in 1873. Note as you leave the railway station, the air raid shelter built during the Second World War. On the opposite side of the street is… 4. St Paul’s Anglican Church The first church was built at the original township in 1853 and the slab construction was moved here in 1856. A large wooden church was built 1866 and the current brick building was consecrated in 1879. The colours of the 47th Infantry Wide Bay Regiment are prominently displayed in the church. Within the chancel is a marble pulpit and matching rector’s prayer desk. The Bell Tower and its peal of nine bells was a gift from Mr E.T. Aldridge in 1887 in memory of his wife Maria. Continue on Lennox St, then cross the Alice St intersection. On your right is… 5. Fire Station On this site the first Government School was established 1865. The Fire Station was built here in 1951. The worst fire
7. Brennan & Geraghty’s Store Museum Flanked by family houses on either side, the shop was the centre of Martin Geraghty & Patrick Brennan’s business, which included orchards, preserves factory and a winery. Built in 1871, when it closed in 1972 all of the remaining stock was left intact, including curry powder from the 1890s & toilet paper from the 1950s. The National Trust bought the store in 1975 and opened it as a Museum in 1990. It is a virtual time capsule of more than 100 years of merchandising. Continue to Ann St then turn right. Proceed along Ann St noting the different styles of housing. At the corner of Ferry St you may take an optional side trip to visit “Rosehill”, Maryborough’s oldest home by turning left into Ferry St. Continue into Tinana then turn right at Eatonvale Road and follow the signage to Rosehill Road. 8. Rosehill Homestead This is the oldest residence in Maryborough circa 1859. Rosehill Homestead was built as a two storey mansion by John Eaton and is now a private residence open to the public for a fee for guided tours and Devonshire teas. Follow your path back to the intersection of Ferry and Ann. Turn left to see... 9. 337 Ann St This 1890’s house on the right features wide verandahs, bay windows and iron lacework. Its large rooms were once used as a doctor’s surgery. Note the large fig tree. Continue along Ann St. On the left is… 10. Charlcombe, 354 Ann St Charlcombe was built for Stewart Corser in 1917 & originally had a tiled roof which had to be replaced following a hail-storm in 1966. This house contrasts with the worker’s cottage next door. Note the distinctive gables, balustrade and trims. Proceed to Pallas St and turn left. On the left is… 11. Eskdale House This two storey brick home at 53 Pallas St had its own stables, green-houses, gymnasium & tennis court. Built in 1864, it was bought by EBC Corser in 1866. He entered State politics in
1909, then Federal in 1915, and had the rare distinction of having a son, BH Corser serving together with him for three years. On the right is… 12. Oonooraba, 50 Pallas St Named after an aboriginal word for “gathering place”, this residence was built 1892 for Mayor James Stafford. It was once set on six acres overlooking Ululah Lagoon. The original cast iron lacework around the verandah was removed to be melted down for the “war effort” and replaced by wooden lattice. Turn right at Queen St, right into Pleasant St, then left into Ann St. Continue along Ann St to... 13. Ululah Lagoon Once a favourite spot for aboriginal corroborees, the area is now a beautiful park, centred on the lagoon. In 1852 the first land sales for the new town were held here, and in 1859 horse-drawn scoops were used to clear the lagoon to form Maryborough’s first water supply. The park contains a skate bowl, children’s fort, flying fox and other play equipment, Liberty Swing, barbeques, picnic facilities and toilet blocks. Turn left into Cheapside St, park at the carpark and walk to the viewing platform to see the “Glory Hole”.
Retrace path back along Queen Street, turn left into Jupiter St, then left into Alice St and left into Aldridge St, Stop to view the... 18. Pioneer Graves During the very early days there was no official cemetery, so many were buried on their own land or in the bush. These pioneer graves on either side of the street, of the McAdam & Furber families, are the only surviving headstones of what was the first cemetery. Continue on to the end to view the Original Town site. 19. Original Township The original township, known as Wide Bay Village, was first settled by Aldridge & the Palmer Brothers in 1848, although George Furber had set up a store & wharf on the opposite bank a year earlier. It was largely abandoned by the mid 1850s in favour of the deeper port downstream. The town was renamed Maryborough in January 1849 after the death of the Governor’s wife, Lady Mary Fitzroy. Return to Alice St, turn left and continue to the roundabout. Turn onto the Bruce Highway, heading north, then turn right soon after into Walker St. On your right is the...
14. Glory Hole Believed to be built as early as the 1880s it is of a rare design and outdates any other work in Australia by 80 years, making it historically significant as an engineering work. Leave the carpark, turn right and follow the road round to Queen St. On your right… 15. Maryborough Golf Course Residents began playing golf in Maryborough in 1905 and this course was developed in 1922. It is regarded as one of the premier courses in Queensland. Continue along Queen St. On the left is… 16. Mavis Bank, 256 Queen St Situated on two acres of shady, rambling gardens, “Mavis Bank” is built on part of pioneer James Cleary’s estate. It is furnished with collectables from 1620 to 1920, and along with “Rosehill”, situated on the opposite bank of the Mary River, is open to the public. Continue to the end of Queen St to view... 17. Baddow House Recently restored to its original design, Baddow House was the third home built in the area by pioneer settler Edgar Aldridge. Unlike many others who moved to the new town site, Aldridge remained at the old township until his death in 1888.
20. Maryborough Cemetery Established in 1873 the cemetery on the right contains many fine examples of early Queensland monumental art. Note the Mortuary Chapel, built 1883, and designed so horse drawn vehicles could pass through or shelter there. This was the third official cemetery and burials were on a strictly denominational basis. Continue your drive along Walker St. Just past Neptune St is the... 21. Maryborough Base Hospital The first public hospital outside Brisbane was established in Maryborough in 1856. This was replaced by a two storey
Further along on the right is... 26. Maryborough State High School On the left is the former Boys Grammar School built in 1881. It is a two storey Victorian Gothic design with decorated bargeboards and verandah valences. Some of its original features were lost when the slate roof was replaced with iron. Four Rhodes scholars passed through its doors & many students went on to distinguished careers. On the right is the former Girls Grammar School which opened two years later. It is built in Classic Revival style, with a wide verandah leading to the internal cedar staircase. The Assembly Hall on the right was added in 1888. Next on the left is...
Opposite, on the corner of Walker St is... 31. Parkview Cottage Twice escaping the hangman’s noose in England, Edward Priddy prospered after coming to Maryborough. He built this cottage in 1874 for his third wife Lucy. It was restored and renamed “Parkview” in 1977, with the original iron-bark shingles found under the iron roof when they opened up the attic. Continue to Churchill St. Turn left, noting the interesting homes of different eras on either side. Turn right into John St, and take the right fork where it joins Saltwater Creek Road. Continue along John St, turn right into Woodstock St and right again into Lennox St. This street features a number of fine homes and gardens. Those on the left are built facing the river. On the left you will pass...
Continue along Lennox St with Queens Park on your left. Note... 35. Queens Park Waterfall This area of Queens Park was originally a quarry, which was later converted into a pond. The waterfall feature was constructed in the 1970’s. It is a popular spot for picnics and frequently used as a backdrop for weddings. Follow the Park and turn left into Sussex St, right into Bazaar St, left into Wharf St, noting the War Memorial, Post Office and many heritage buildings (which are further explained in the Walk Tour). Turn right into March St, left into Kent St. On the left is... 36. Former Graham & Co Warehouse This building was erected as a Warehouse & Office for merchant & shipping agent Peter Graham in 1873. It was part of a complex of shipping stores and wharves. Continue along Kent St and you will come to Maryborough’s early industrial heart…
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Retrace your route back along Kent St to Guava St. On the left all the buildings on the high bank are workshops for... 41. EDI Rail (formerly Walkers Ltd) Known originally as the Union Foundry, Walkers Ltd established their Maryborough Engineering Works in 1868 to service the developing industrial base of Queensland. The workshop provided machinery for the Gympie goldfields and the fledgling sugar industry. Rolling stock manufacture began in 1873 with the construction of Queensland’s first steam locomotive, the Mary Ann. The 299 Engine was built in 1897 for the Queensland Government. In all they built 557 steam engines, 160 diesel and 380 electric locomotives, plus many passenger carriages and other rolling stock. The latest high speed “Tilt Trains”, designed and built in Maryborough, now operate between Brisbane to Cairns, and in Western Australia, and have also been exported to Malaysia. Continue along Kent St and return to City Hall Visitor Information Centre for more information.
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40. The Pocket This area is known locally as “The Pocket” and is subject to flooding. After many homes were lost in the 1893 flood, few chose to rebuild in the area. The Mary River has flooded the town many times and flood heights are recorded on the side of the Bond Store in Wharf St.
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30. St Michael’s Convent Set back from the Walker St corner stands the two storey brick building completed in 1892 and used as a residence by the teaching nuns at St Mary’s Catholic School. Recently restored it is now being used for administration.
34. Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre This $11 million Entertainment Complex and Convention Centre was officially opened July 2000. It was built on the site of the former Wilson and Hart Sawmill, which was founded 1865 and was one of Australia’s largest mills during its time. The new Theatre was designed to reflect and celebrate the previous buildings and the industrial heritage of Maryborough.
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25. Maryborough Freemason’s Centre Freemasonry was established in Maryborough in 1870, with meetings held in the old Baptist Chapel in Lennox Street. Their first temple was built in 1877 in Bazaar Street and this present building completed in 1960.
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Turn back then left into Elizabeth St, noting the elegant riverfront homes. Turn right into North St, left into Lennox St. On the left is...
39. Maryborough Sugar Factory Pty Ltd The first Maryborough Sugar Company was founded in 1865. Production was centralised in 1895 when this mill was built. The company was privatised in 1941 and was run by the Braddock family for four generations.
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29. St Stephen’s Uniting Church Formerly a Presbyterian Church which was built 1881. It houses a pipe organ donated by local benefactor Janet Melville. The building next door was the original church built 1865. At the rear is a hall built from bricks from the Wesley Church after it was demolished.
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24. Former Flour Mill The Maryborough Flour Mill was the most northerly flour mill in Australia when it was built in 1890. In 1919, the fence, gateway and smoke stacks were built from recycled bricks from the Aldershot smelting works chimney. The Flour Mill finally closed in 1977.
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38. Hyne & Son Sawmill R.M.Hyne opened his “National Sawmills” in 1883, and transported the timber in his own ships. The firm has been pre-eminent in timber marketing and production technology. The “Hyne Carriage” has been used in sawmills throughout the world. Their Tuan mill was expanded in 2002 at a cost of $38 million. The business is still run by members of the Hyne family.
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28. Maryborough Bowls Club Opened October 1899, this was the second Bowls Club to open in Maryborough.
33. Pt Lookout Here a cairn commemorates this vantage spot from which a lookout was kept for the arrival of ships destined for the wharves at the original town site. The lookouts would light a smoky fire, and all hands would assemble to help unload and reload the ship.
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23. Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens This was the site of Maryborough’s second official cemetery, which closed in 1873. As the town expanded it was deemed to be a public health risk, and by 1907 moves were made to remove headstones and remains to the new cemetery. In 1921 the land was converted to a public park.
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Turn right at the traffic lights at Pallas St, left at Sussex St then right into Prospect St.
Duncan Chapman, a pupil of the school, & reputed to have been the first man ashore at Gallipoli, has a tree planted in the grounds in his memory.
37. Former Walker’s Shipyards Seventy ships, barges and dredges were built during 10 decades from 1870 until the yards closed following the 1974 flood. Many Australian servicemen served upon Maryborough built vessels.
22. Grand Shirl’s Doll & Toy Museum A special cottage at the rear of the house at 123 Walker St contains an outstanding display of antique dolls and toys from the 1800’s, including clockwork toys.
The main school building was constructed in 1875/6 to be the 2nd Immigration Barracks, but as the first Government School (see 5) was now too small, a swap was arranged and in July 1877 it became the Central School.
32. Doon Villa Bowling Club The Doon Villa Club is the second oldest Club in Queensland, the Booroodabin Club in Brisbane being the first. Bowls was first played on a two-rink green in the private grounds of “Doon Villa”, the home of Andrew Heron Wilson in 1892. They moved to a four rink green on the premises of John Young in Kent St, establishing the Club in December 1893, then in 1915 they moved to the present site.
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27. Central State School The first building is the Infants’ School which opened 1882. The single storey timber building originally had a shingle roof but this has been replaced with iron. However the lantern tower remains.
building in Lennox St in 1864. This present hospital was opened in May 1887 at a cost of £13,000. The original buildings remain, though are hidden from the street by the more modern additions. The hospital was the first in Queensland to receive approval to train male nurses in 1971.
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