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Celebrating Horsburghs Hardware Store

May 14, 2021, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

George Horsburgh arrived in Maryborough from Scotland in 1863, he soon opened  opened a tinplate and zinc works that was to become one of Queensland's largest hardware concern and trading for more than 130 years. A new exhibition based on historic material belonging to the Horsburgh Family has been developed to recognise an important part of Commercial History related to Maryborough.

The School of Arts building which houses the Maryborough Historical Society has been closed for more than 12 months due to demolition works next door. To celebrate our re-opening we are exhibiting some of the material collected by, Ron Prove, a local historian, on the historic former business, Horsburghs Hardware Store. Thousands of historical documents from this collection have yet to be indexed for future access, some of these documents relate to early employees and work they undertook.

The historical Society was established in 1955 and has amassed a large collection of images from the Region, nearly 15,000 images have been digitized and are now being indexed onto a digital database. We are keen to add to this collection and to add to the knowledge about Horsburgh's Hardware Store and will be keen to hear your stories.

Plan Your Visit


427 Kent St, Maryborough QLD 4650

Event Time

9am to 1pm


07 41216646


Entry Fees

A gold coin donation