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Walkers Ship Memorial

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area

Walkers built their first ships for the Government in 1887. They were the "Bonito, Stingaree, Pumba, Bream and the Dolphin". This memorial was built to represent the bow of a ship and was dedicated in 1993. It features the names of ships built for The Royal Australian Navy by Walkers Shipyards from 1940 to 1974 during which time 37 ships were launched into the Mary River.

In 1993, a RAN personnel memorial was dedicated at a Combined Ships Reunion, commemorating all Naval ships built by Walkers of Maryborough and their personnel.

Open Times

Note: Available for viewing at all times.

Facilities

  • Car park

Other Information

Accessibility:

The memorial is accessible by visitors with a disability.

Children:

Children are welcomed.
Richmond Street
Mary River Parklands
Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Queensland
Australia

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Port of Maryborough

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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The marina also known as the Port of Maryborough is home to the last remnants of originals wharfs and is a must see for those visiting. A deeper site was selected to replace the first shallow port of Maryborough which was located upriver at the original township. Wool, tallow, hides and timber were exported through the busy port and many coastal vessels brought supplies for the settlers. At one time the wharves stretched from the far end of Queens Park to beyond the Granville Bridge. Between 1859 when Maryborough was declared an official Port of Entry and 1901, more than 22000 immigrants from Great Britain and Europe entered Australia through the port. Ships also brought Kanaka labour from the South Sea Islands to work on local sugar plantations. Ship building and repair industries added to the liveliness of the port. The derelict sheds behind the marina are remnants from the site of the Walker Shipyards which closed in 1974.

Mary River

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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The Mary River has been known by many names, with the Aborigines calling the river Booie, Moonaboola, Numabulla or Mooraboocoola. It was named the Wide Bay River until September 1848, when Governor Fitzroy renamed the river in honour of his wife, Lady Mary Fitzroy. The Mary River is unique in that it flows from south to north with its headwaters near the Sunshine Coast hinterland and its mouth at River Heads just south of Hervey Bay. Maryborough is also home to the stunning Mary River Parklands which is built on the site of the original Port of Maryborough and forms part of the Portside Precinct. Parkland surrounding the river offers natural terracing, community forecourt, public art works, winding pathways and gardens.

Queens Park Waterfall

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Enjoy the popular spot for picnics, the Queens Park Waterfall. The waterfall area of Maryborough's Queens Park was originally a quarry, which was later converted into a pond, that is regularly home to several ducks swimming on its surface or even catching some sun on the edges. The waterfall feature was constructed in the 1970s. It is also frequently used as a backdrop for weddings.

Maryboroughs Glory Hole

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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Maryborough's Glory Hole is now a featured part of the Ululah Lagoon which is surrounded by a walk and cycle path which is also frequently in use by the abundant Fraser Coast wildlife. It is believed to have been built as early as the 1880s. The Glory Hole is of a rare design and outdates any other work in Australia by 80 years, making it historically significant as an engineering work of art.

Maryborough

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
A town steeped in history, Maryborough boasts a relaxed atmosphere and is nestled upon the Mary River. With beautifully preserved colonial streets, visitors have the chance to soak up some of Queensland's richest history and heritage architecture. Once one of Australia's largest ports, and now voted one of Queensland's "Must Do" experiences, the original wharf district is now home to vintage restaurants, pubs, museums and art galleries. Maryborough is also the birthplace of Pamela Lyndon Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins. Jump into the magical world of Mary Poppins and visit the heritage-listed building where she was born, explore the streets on which she grew up and enjoy the striking public art that explores the themes of her novels. A must when visiting Maryborough is a visit to it's famous weekly markets. Every Thursday the city centre transforms into a bustling outdoor market with a great variety of art, craft and fresh produce. End the week with Sunday in the Park - a lazy Sunday morning of fun, food, brass bands, steam ride trains and river cruises!

Mary River Parklands

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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The historic Port of Maryborough area has been transformed into a stunning public park complete with outstanding public art works. The Mary River Parklands forms part of the historic Portside Precinct. It plays an integral role in the City's urban renewal plans, providing a naturally beautiful link between Queens Park, the multimillion dollar Brolga Theatre, the Wharf Street heritage precinct and the river. The 500 square metres of landscaped parkland offers natural terracing, community forecourt, winding pathways, gardens, magnificent royal palms and shade trees of the same species found in nearby Queens Park. A new 23 metre long wharf, known as Queens Wharf, matches one of the original timber wharves that were scattered along the riverbank during Maryborough’s heyday as a thriving river port.
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