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Maryborough Hall ready to take centre stage again

9 October 2019

The Maryborough City Hall auditorium is ready to again take centre stage for events such as dances, musicals and expos following the completion of a six month project to replace the floorboards.
 
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the Maryborough City Hall was an historic landmark and the auditorium was one of the region’s longest running entertainment venues.
 
 “City Hall has long been a focal point for cultural and civic activities,” he said.
 
“The new floor will ensure that the historic building continues to be used for a variety of events from rock and roll dances, balls, exhibitions, weddings and celebrations.
 
“Some of the historic events staged in the auditorium include the Mayoral Victory Ball to mark the end of World War II, a ball in honour of Princess Alexandra of Kent in 1959, debutante balls, Australia Day celebrations, eisteddfods and art exhibitions.
 
“We thank the Queensland Government for providing a $550,000 grant through the Works for Queensland program to enable us to carry out this important refurbishment work in the Maryborough City Hall auditorium.”
 
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the $600 million Works for Queensland program meant regional councils could create and support jobs for employees working on projects such as the City Hall refurbishment.
 
“Across the state, our councils are able to employ thousands of Queenslanders on big and little projects that they could not otherwise fund,” he said.
 
“On the Fraser Coast alone, there were 233 jobs through the first two rounds of the program, with another 184 due to come on line during the third round.
 
“I am so immensely proud to be part of a program that not only supports employment but results in such historic refurbishments as the Maryborough City Hall.” 
 
Cr Daniel Sanderson said while the initial project was focussed on replacing the floorboards, Council extended the project and also replaced the sub-floor framing and piers to ensure the longevity of the building.
 
“Once the 84-year-old spotted gum floorboards were removed, it was necessary to fix subfloor ventilation and drainage problems as well,” he said. 
 
“Local engineers developed and installed a fan-forced ventilation system and improved the underfloor drainage to ensure the building will withstand many more floods.
 
“To preserve the history of the building, a section of the original sub-floor framing was left intact for future generations to study the construction techniques used by the original builders.”
 
Interesting things uncovered during the works included:
  • Horse shoe, with original drawings showing a stable at the rear of the stage area;
  • Piece of slate which was part of the damp course;
  • Tea spoon with Maryborough City Council insignia;
  • Tea cup fragments, and
  • Small piece of ornate plaster which may have been part of the original stage columns.
The new spotted gum floorboards, supplied by a Maryborough timber mill, were laid and finished with a hard-wax coating similar to that used on the original floor.