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Objects tell a story

12 August 2019

A horse that didn’t kick or bite, didn’t require feeding and took you on endless rides – it’s every child’s dream.

Maryborough resident Phil Truscott, and his brothers, had such a horse. Well their grandfather owned it, and they could ride whenever for as long as they wanted whenever they wanted.

Their grandfather was William Boys, the founder of the Boys Department Store in Maryborough and the horse was a ride for children in the store for more than 30 years. 

Phil bought the horse when it was pensioned off in 1994 because it no longer worked, and had it restored by Olds and Sons of Maryborough.

“I had it in my business for kids to ride for 10 years after it was restored,” he said.

The ride was acquired by the Maryborough Wide Bay and Burnett Historical Society in 2016 and will be featured in the Exploring History, Place and Identity Exhibition to be held in Gatakers Arts Space during Maryborough Open House in September.

The gallery is looking for other items to showcase in the exhibition, Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said.

“We want to highlight stories of the Fraser Coast through objects and are asking people to nominate a piece of furniture, their favourite toy or an object that has been passed down through the family which reflects their family history or family stories that could be placed on display,” he said.

“The story behind the object is just as important as the object.

“The objects don’t have to be mysterious, antiques or rare. They just have to have a story, like the horse ride.”

The Fraser Coast is full of stories, many of which are featured in bronze sculptures and interactive storyboards around the Maryborough CBD, the Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial in Queens Park and the recently opened Story Bank in Richmond Street.

“I’m looking forward to the items and stories that will be uncovered,” Cr Seymour said.

If you have an item you’d like to nominate email the details to gatakersartspace@frasercoast.qld.gov.au