|Pioneer women are Barb Hovard's heroines.|
Barb Hovard has been a long time history buff “the stories of the past – have always held a fascination for me,” she says. “Sadly, that fascination didn’t extend to my own home town of Maryborough. I took it for granted.” This is hard to believe considering during her time on council she strongly supported and promoted the history of Maryborough. Some of the projects included co-ordinating a number of re-enactments. These included
· Centenary of the Declaration of Maryborough as a city 1905;
· Laying of the Foundation Stone of City Hall 1907 (with full Masonic honours);
· One hundred and fifty years of Maryborough City Council 2011.
“Re-enactments are an enjoyable way to share the stories,” she claims.
“Researching for the scripts was a joy,” she impassions. “The Chronicles of the day were reported verbatim and you almost felt you were actually there.”
Other research undertaken for Maryborough Open House has also kindled her interest in the history of Maryborough. “Researching buildings for Open House has been an eye-opener with some remarkable stories emerging” she affirms.
Barb claims “To my shame, it wasn’t really until my time on Council that I fully understood the rich heritage of our city. Research has become a pleasure, as yet another story of our pioneers is unearthed or more pieces are added to make the picture of the early days a little clearer. As one piece leads to another, it gets you in! Sometimes you feel like ‘Sherlock Holmes’ as you sleuth away. Our pioneer women are my heroines.”
Recently, Barb has been involved with a Historypin project. She attended a State Library of Queensland workshop hosted by the Fraser Coast Libraries in Maryborough where she was introduced to Historypin . “I was an instant fan and commenced a site for the Maryborough Wide Bay and Burnett Historical Society. Thanks to generous donors interested in preserving history, the Society has thousands of images in its library from which to choose. Sadly, I am behind and must update the site,” she said.
“It has always been a team effort and I remain grateful to those who helped bring the various projects to life, “she concluded.
Published with consent from Barbara Hovard
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