THE GLADSTONE Maritime History Society has moved six of its treasured vessels into a new waterfront museum that will showcase the region’s maritime and industrial past.

The society is now preparing new displays at the new museum, located at East Shores 1B, in preparation for the facility opening this Easter.

Gladstone Maritime Museum president Lindsay Wassell said a local family donated $15,000 to the museum, which enabled them to bring on Queensland Museum development officer Dr Melanie Piddocke and two colleagues for help with curation.

“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.”

Mr Wassell said more than 1600 artefacts will go on display once the museum is complete. The museum has 26 customised display cabinets, which were acquired with the donation of the local Patrick family.

“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,” Mr Wassell said.

GPC acting CEO Craig Walker said the company was proud to offer the group a modern, fully equipped facility in its parklands, alongside the 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. We know once the museum is complete it will offer a unique experience to locals and visitors.”