Enjoy your history?
Or perhaps you are new in town and you’re interested in gaining an interesting insight about Fraser Coast history.
Created here is a list of some interesting facts you may or may not know about the Fraser Coast Region.
Maryborough was originally named because of the Mary River trunning through the town.
The Mary River was in turn named after Lady Mary Lennox, wife of Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy, then Governor of the colony of New South Wales. Both the town and river were named in September 1847, two months before Lady Lennox died in a coach accident in December of 1847.
Did you know?
It was a darker part of Maryborough’s history when two Pacific Islander labourers named Tommy and George were hanged.
Even though the government decided to hang the men in Maryborough, the town only had a police lock-up instead of an official prison.
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Hervey Bay was named by Captain James Cook when he first sailed the eastern coast of Australia in 1770, the waters of the Great Sandy Strait were just too shallow for the Endeavour to sail through.
This led cook to understand that modern day Fraser Island was a Peninsula connected to the mainland. To name the bay, cook honoured his superior officer Admiral Augustus John Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol.
Fraser Island has had several names, to the Butchulla people’s it is K’gari, translated as paradise in their language.
To the British Explorer Captain James Cook, it was named the Great Sandy Peninsula.
Over 20 years later at the time it would be the Great Sandy Island when it was recognised as an island by Mathew Flinders.
This island would be renamed after James Fraser due to the events in 1936 when his ship foundered on a coral reef off the north-eastern coast of Australia.
The lifeboat contain Captain Fraser his wife Eliza Anne Fraser and several crew landed on the northern shores of the island which is now known as Fraser Island.
Initially the castaways did trade with the locals indigenous people for goods to repair their boat, until six seaman took guns and set off down the coast to the south.
Eliza later claimed to have been captured and ill-treated by the indigenous populations who had otherwise been known for taking in Europeans and treating them well.
While the truth of her accounts is disputed, the fame they accrued led to further souring relations with the indigenous local peoples and the island being named in honour of James Fraser who had died whilst on this island.
Tiaro’s name apparently is derived from a word of Indigenous origin, meaning a dead or withered tree.
The origin of the name ghost hill stretches back to the beginning of the town, taking on a myth of its own.
The story told today is that a wife in the area, it seems referred to as named as Mrs List, was worried that her husband was late home form his work in Maryborough. Qld.
While concerned the wife took a lantern and went to wait by the road in her long white night bed gown.
At that same time, Boyle Martin and Anders Christiansen were going back to their camp form the Hunter’s Hotel.
Seeing these characters, this wife ran into the shubbery to hide, the men seeing only the long white night gown and a floating lantern really thought they had seen a ghost running through the trees.
Most version of the story mention Boyle Martin.
Boyle Martin was as well the name of the first European to settle in the Hervey Bay area.