Maryborough Open House - Bells Vue Private Hotel - (L) Ray and Lyn Bottcher and Judy Morris on the verandah of the hotel.
Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Maryborough Open House - Bells Vue Private Hotel - (L) Ray and Lyn Bottcher and Judy Morris on the verandah of the hotel. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Visit Maryborough's cultural charm during open day

DISCOVER Maryborough's heritage and culture by walking through some of its most significant and interesting buildings.

This month the Heritage City will hold its annual Open House and Gardens Day inviting the public to walk inside charming homes and mansions.

On the weekend about 30 historic buildings will be open on Saturday, September 24, and about 20 beautiful gardens will be open on Sunday, September 25.

The event is also supported by a full program of tours, events and entertainment across the weekend.

Chairman George Seymour said the combination of the heritage buildings and open gardens made Maryborough Open House a unique event.

"This is an opportunity for locals and visitors to experience what is special about Maryborough," Cr Seymour said.

"We have a wealth of heritage interesting architecture and tropical gardens - this weekend is about celebrating the town and its history."

"It is the best weekend of the year to invite family and friends to come and visit Maryborough and see its charm and history."

Maryborough was settled in 1847, but unlike so many other towns and cities, it remains largely untouched from its days as a thriving river port and one of Australia's largest and busiest destinations for immigrants in the mid to late 1800s.

Within its city centre, streets of grand federation style buildings date back to the 1860s and colonial era hotels and stores have been lovingly restored and reinvented into galleries, museums, antique stores, boutique shops, cafes and restaurants.

The city's impressive stone churches, magnificent City Hall and its Court House (one of Queensland's oldest) help comprise what is considered one of the best displays of architectural styles from the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

Maryborough Open House - St. Paul's Church - Jake,8, and Taylah,10, Scott soak up the atmosphere.
Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Maryborough Open House - St. Paul's Church - Jake,8, and Taylah,10, Scott soak up the atmosphere. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

In addition to its handsome public buildings, Maryborough is also famous for its old Queenslanders.

Street after street in the older part of the city is lined with charming timber homes, ranging from quaint workers' cottages to grand mansions.

These classic old Queenslanders were built to last on stumps with verandas of timber or wrought iron, distinctive fretwork and high ceilings.

Much of the Queensland character has been preserved in these houses.

One of the many buildings open to the public free of charge include the heritage listed 1883 mansion Baddow House - a Georgian mansion designed by architect Willoughby Powell for Maryborough pioneers Edgar and Maria Aldridge.

Another building open will be Brown's Warehouse on Wharf St which now houses the excellent Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum with over 7000 artefacts and memorabilia.

During the weekend will be the Maryborough Open Gardens Day which was held for the first time last year as part of Open House and will be held again this year on September 25.

Event organiser George Seymour said that the event celebrated beautiful gardens and new gardens were being sought to participate.

"It's a fun way to share your garden," he said.

"There are a lot of great gardens in and around Maryborough, this is a day to celebrate and share them."

For Maryborough Open Gardens Day, about 20 gardens will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm.

Mr Seymour said the Open Gardens Day was a great addition to the Maryborough Open House weekend with heritage buildings open on the Saturday and beautiful gardens open on the Sunday. "Maryborough is a unique city with a lot of character," he said.

"The Open House weekend is about showcasing and celebrating that character."

For more details about Maryborough Open House visit http://www.maryboroughopenhouse.com.au/.

 

Maryborough Open House - Mortuary Chapel - Gayle and Melissa Lidbetter from Maryborough.
Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Maryborough Open House - Mortuary Chapel - Gayle and Melissa Lidbetter from Maryborough. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

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