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Maritime Museum Takes Shape
A new-look waterfront museum to showcase the region’s maritime and industrial past is taking shape at East Shores 1B and is set to open this Easter, thanks to Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) vision to provide world class recreational parkland facilities.
The Gladstone Maritime History Society has moved six of its treasured vessels into their new home at East Shores 1B.
The group are now preparing new displays showcasing local history in the waterfront facility.
Naval uniforms, model ships and nautical artefacts will all be on display for the community and tourists to admire.
President Lindsay Wassell said Queensland Museum Development Officer Dr Melanie Piddocke and two of her colleagues are assisting with the curation of the artefacts with the help of $15,000 worth of funding from a Gladstone family.
“The generous local family who wish to remain anonymous have pitched in with some extra funding to help us acquire professional assistance from the Queensland Museum,” Mr Wassell said.
“With their help we will be able to have the museum in ship-shape.”
More than 1600 artefacts will go on display once the museum is complete and Mr Wassell said there was a lot of attention to detail going into the design.
“We now have 26 customised display cabinets which was also generously donated for by local family, the Patrick family,” he said.
“Everyone at the Gladstone Maritime History Society is very excited to unveil the museum to the public we’re just working on getting everything in the right place.”
Acting CEO Craig Walker said GPC was proud to offer the group a modern, fully equipped facility in their pristine parklands, alongside the much loved HMAS Gladstone II.
“The Gladstone region has a rich Maritime history with the port celebrating its 107th anniversary this year,” Mr Walker said.
“The museum is an important project for the region to tell our community’s story and one that GPC plays a big role in,” Mr Walker said.
“We know once the museum is complete it will offer a unique experience to locals and visitors,”
Gladstone Maritime History Society President Lindsay Wassell with his wife Dee at the new Museum.