Maryborough Tour with Trevor and Christine

When Chris and I visited Trevor last Saturday, we were lucky enough to show up on the annual Old Maryborough Open House day, when numerous historic public and private buildings and homes were open to the public.  The city really has a great collection of structures, some reflecting quite unique historic elements, such as Brennan & Geraghty’s Store, seen below.  Hopefully they can salvage more, like the old shipbuilding factory on the river and the rail station, but progress is not always kind.

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 In addition, Trevor gave us the behind-the-scenes history of the public art in the city.  The man is too modest, but it is very clear that his influence has been huge on art in Maryborough.  I was especially impressed with the contemporary, sensitive handling of the Aboriginal and Islander arts of the region (the country has come a long way from my first visit in the 1970’s!).   I’m not going to begin to attempt to repeat the juicy details, just let you enjoy all the art and congratulate him quietly.

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We concluded with careful looks at the many iron art pillars dedicated to PL Travers, the girl from Maryborough who went on to write “Mary Poppins”.  Image

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I tried to measure up, but couldn’t keep it serious for long.

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