Over 60s members waiting for their turn to ring the Maheno’s bell at the Maheno exhibit
It might have been cold when 19 of us started out for a day trip to Hervey Bay and the Heritage Village and Museum in Zephyr St., but as the day warmed up we experienced an intriguing look into our local past. We were particularly interested in the Maheno exhibits which have just been added to the village.
We congratulate the very informed and helpful volunteers who keep this place immaculate.
President John Anderson shared his knowledge of the Maheno as we viewed the exhibit just opened two days earlier on July 12. Quite a few of us rang the replica of the ship’s bell.
Margaret Johnstone with ropemaker Brian Taylor
We then moved on to watch and appreciate the importance of the corn crop to the early settlers. Seeing 100-year-old machines being demonstrated certainly had us appreciating all our modern conveniences.
Many school children from the Wide Bay area visit the Museum and through the demonstrations are better able to understand their heritage. There were 21 historic buildings and 1200 exhibits to peruse.
It was quite a delight to see the source of many of the natural fibres available for rope making and then follow that through to the final piece of rope. Margaret J helped turn the machine (and kept the rope).
We applaud the expertise of the volunteers and the variety of craft available for sale. We came away knowing that our local past is a treasure to be honoured. Please make sure that your own children and grandchildren have the opportunity to appreciate it also.
P.S Members, please remember our AGM at the Surf Club on Tuesday August 4 after coffee.