Recently I had an exhibition of my artworks at Gatakers Gallery in Maryborough - and whilst up there did a bit of sightseeing and photographing around town ...
Maryborough is a city in the Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia sited on the Mary River. The region has a population of around 30k.
Evidence of human inhabitation of the Maryborough region stretches back to at least 6,000 years ago with the Gubbi Gubbi and Batjala people the original inhabitants of the region.
Maryborough was first settled by British colonialists in 1843 and the city itself was founded in 1847.
The river rises at Booroobin in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, south west of Maleny, and from its source, the Mary River flows north through the towns of Kenilworth, Gympie, Tiaro and Maryborough before emptying into the Great Sandy Strait. The river descends 209 metres (686 ft) over its 291-kilometre (181 mi) course.
The river was used for rafting timber during the early years of European land settlement, and the discovery of gold at Gympie in 1867 brought an inflow of miners and pastoralists. Alluvial flats along the Mary River and some of its tributaries were used for cropping, and there was small-time dairying in the 1880s.