President John Andersen, pictured in front of the sheds and workshop, is grateful for the Fraser Coast community’s generosity.
President John Andersen, pictured in front of the sheds and workshop, is grateful for the Fraser Coast community’s generosity. Alistair Brightman

Donations help museum get back on its feet

THE Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum is set to rise like a phoenix from the ashes, thanks to the generous donations from the Fraser Coast community.

Although the fire which tore through the museum's shed earlier this month had left the organisation's volunteers "unbelievably distraught", pledges of donations have helped to soothe the pain.

"It has affected a whole lot of people and it makes you realise how important the museum and village is to Hervey Bay and district," Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum president John Andersen said.

A fully restored 1934 Ford truck owned once by the Biggenden Shire Council, three tractors and an abundance of tools and machinery were destroyed in the blaze.

But now there is hope.

A TE20 tractor donated by a Maryborough woman, several "quite rare" stationary engines from a lady in Bauple, a commitment to have the shed rebuilt thanks to a Hervey Bay businessman and the donation of a complete tool workshop from a River Heads' man along with the gift of a 1999 Ford Explorer in top condition, have meant the museum's shed will soon be back up and running.

Mr Andersen said the response had been outstanding.

"Our secretary even received a cheque for $200 from a men's home in Victoria, people we have never even heard of," he said.

Mr Andersen said he hoped every other item could be replaced.


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