'The Aviator' is another large mural and is painted on the entire side wall of Dimmeys in Adelaide Street. Aviator, garage owner and Holder dealer, Samuel William Hecker, was often in the news in the 1940s flying his Miles-Falcon aircraft regularly between Maryborough and Brisbane. To get a good look at this mural, you can walk up the stairs of St Paul's Anglican Church, which is right beside Dimmeys, for a photograph.
'Adding Hope to the Journey' is located above King Kong business in Adelaide Street. Stewart Corser was the founding father of Rotary in Maryborough when the first club was launched in 1930. Mr Corser went on to become the inaugural president. This mural is in celebration of 85 years of Rotary in Maryborough.
'Brave Lexie and Foxie' is painted on one wall of the Maryborough Fire Station. The mural recognises the bravery of Lex Casperson, who with his dog saved his two brothers and sister from a house fire in 1927. This is a favourite of mine.
'The Whip Cracker' is in memory of Barb Dalton. Barb and her family were part of the Dalton Family Whip Crackers Show that performed at the Maryborough Markets.
Maryborough has had its share of famous people with the 'Prime Minster Fisher' mural being located in Bazaar Street above one of the business' awnings. Andrew Fisher was a founding member of the Labor Party and held a seat of Wide Bay from 1901 to 1915. He also served as Australia's Prime Minister and Treasurer for three terms from 1902 to 1915.
'The Legends of Moonie Jarl', 'Man in the Moon' and "'Galactic Horse' are all located in the Maryborough Library. You would need to be visiting Maryborough during the week or on a Saturday morning to view these. The book Legends of Moonie Jarl is the first book written and illustrated by indigenous Australians. The latter two relate to the books written by P.L. Travers (Mary Poppins) who was born in Maryborough.
'The Brumbies'. As a child, I remember wild horses or Brumbies roaming on Fraser Island, but I didn't know they were also found around the Wide Bay District, which this mural depicts. Small numbers of wild horses can still be found around the Tuan Forest area and seen grazing by the roadside. This is quite a striking mural as the two Brumbies are depicted playfully jostling on their hind legs.
Another worthy Maryborough person of note was amateur astronomer Merwyn Jones who found an unnamed comet on 1st July 1967 at 6.15pm using binoculars while scanning the western sky. Switching to his telescope to get a better look, he later named the mystery object the 'Mitchell-Jones-Gerber Comet' after the three people who registered seeing it across the world on the same day. This mural is situated on the wall of the Maryborough Fitness Health & Body Works
The next three – 'The Girl and The Croc', 'Mary River Turtle' and 'Red Baron' are found in Horsburgh Lane. When I was a young girl, G. Horsburgh & Co owned a large hardware and homewares store in upper Kent Street. I remember purchasing my first dinner set from there; piece by piece on each payday or larger items on layby.
'The Ferry' was the first known ferry service to the suburb of Granville. It was a hand-operated punt and ran from the Victoria Ferry at the bottom of March Street. A similar ferry operated from Guava Street, where the Granville Bridge now stands. Operating a 24-hour service, passengers would ring a bell from the shore to alert the night operator. Later, as with progress, it was replaced with a steam ferry.
'The Dong Sisters' were daughters Ellen and Maud of the first Chinese migrants to Maryborough. The girls were born in their parents' home in Queen Street and later took over their parents' business selling vegetables, plants and seeds to the community from 1915 to 1956. They were also the first agents to sell Yates seeds to local farmers.
'Milking Time' is definitely my favourite mural, perhaps because my father was a milkman in the early days when milk was delivered to homes and schools in the early hours of the morning and milk came in 600ml glass bottles and foil caps. I have very fond memories of that time. The mural is painted on one wall of the building fondly known as The Butter Factory. Constructed in 1910, it was later purchased by the Maryborough Co-operative Dairy Association and operated for 80 years producing cream, milk, butter and cheese for the surrounding district. The factory was closed in 1989.
'The Brewer' is located above the awning of the Brewing Supplies business. The story relates to a Polish migrant Louis Emmanuel Steindl who arrived in Australia in 1871. He opened the Bavarian Brewery in Granville in 1878. Three years later, he took on a partner and expanded his business producing 120 hogsheads of beer a week. There is a Steindl Street in the suburb of Granville in Maryborough.
'The Goat Race' is found above the Aussie Punjab Indian Restaurant. Queensland was noted for goats in the early 1900s and they were used in races and as a source of food. They also kept the grass tidy. This mural depicts a major goat race held at the Shamrock Hotel in 1900 where approximately 600 people turned out to watch the race.
Located near the Old Town Hall Arcade, 'The Domestic Front' and 'Out of Work' are found. 'The Domestic Front' is a sculpture created to commemorate the Anzac Centenary in 2016. The sculpture reminds us of the tremendous support women gave during times of war.
'Out of Work', found at the rear gate of the Old Town Hall, tells the story of 68-year-old miner Robert Brown, who in the Great Depression packed his bags and headed south looking for work after failing to find a job in Maryborough. He worked mostly doing fencing work on stations and made a barrow to carry his possessions. He walked to Lightning Ridge where he found an opal worth 150 pounds but it was stolen. He went on to Canberra, Melbourne and South Australia, at times only having a few oranges as food. Eventually, he made his way to the Perth's Old Men's Home, three years after, he first set off covering almost 10,000 miles. These days, it is really hard to imagine that anyone would walk so far.
'St Mary of the Cross Mackillop' can be located in St Mary's Church Yard. In 1870, the Sisters of St Joseph, a religious order was founded by Mary Mackillop. A school and residence were established in Adelaide Street. This was the beginning of the Catholic Church's formal education and religious administration in Maryborough.
'Our World' gives recognition to the indigenous tribes who lived along the banks of the Mary River. The Butchulla people call it Mooraboocoola. Governor Sir Charles Fitzroy formally named the river in honour of his wife who was tragically killed in a carriage accident three months after their arrival in the city. The mural symbolises the link between Lady Mary and the naming of the river and city.