Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Wrong Date on Statue? Controversy Still Raging over Year Boyle Martin Landed in Hervey Bay

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Wrong Date on Statue? Controversy Still Raging over Year Boyle Martin Landed in Hervey Bay

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Byline: Hayden Johnson

A CONTROVERSY about the Fraser Coast's history has erupted after a local historian claimed the wrong date was inscribed on the statue commemorating Boyle Martin's landing in Hervey Bay.

Ron Ramsay wrote to the Chronicle about the Boyle Martin statue that was installed near Beach Rd, Pialba, in February last year.

On the plaque, the inscription reads "on the 30th of November 1863 the 24-year-old Boyle Martin, his wife and baby son travelled in a small rowing boat down the Mary River from Maryborough into Hervey Bay".

But Mr Ramsay claims the date on the statue is wrong.

"I cannot see this happening as Boyle Martin and Sara Henderson were married in Maryborough on the 24th November, 1864 and their first child, George Boyle Martin, was born in Maryborough on 15th December, 1865," he wrote.

"As an amateur historian I have always said 'get your facts right before writing it down'."

But heritage councillor George Seymour said there had always been debate about the exact date. …

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