Maritime Museum opens its doors
A new Maritime Museum at Gladstone Ports Corporation's (GPC) waterfront parklands has officially opened its doors to the public, showcasing the Port City's rich history just in time for the Easter holidays.
The Gladstone Maritime History Society started re-locating more than 1600 time-worn artefacts, earlier this year from their existing building at Port Central to their new waterfront location at East Shores.
It's all thanks to GPC's vision to provide recreational parkland facilities while paying homage to the region's maritime and industrial past.
Acting CEO Craig Walker said GPC's award-winning East Shores Parklands would offer visitors and the community a unique experience.
“East Shores has become a destination in itself," Mr Walker said.
“Locals and visitors are drawn to our parklands for so many reasons, whether it's the café, microbrewery, barbecue facilities, basketball courts, the boot camp or even taking the kids to the water play park on the weekend.
“The museum is filled with stories from the shipwrecked Jenny Lind figurehead carved in 1847 that was found washed up in a cave near Keppel Island 40-years-ago, to local legend Ernie Pitts who has been building amazing model ships for 55-years.
“We're delighted the Gladstone Maritime History Society is calling our world-class parklands home and we know Easter visitors and our community will be excited about the new addition."
President Lindsay Wassell said the relocation wouldn't be possible without the support from GPC.
“We're in the right spot to welcome in new visitors and of course inform and educate our community about the fascinating maritime history we have in this region," Mr Wassell said.
“It's thanks to our volunteers and of course GPC for helping us the entire way from relocating to renovating to opening our doors today."
The new location is also within arm's reach of the HMAS Gladstone at East Shores 1B – adding an extra feature to the award-winning parklands.