Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, Maryborough

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Brennan & Geraghtys Store is a heritage-listed shop and National Trust-run museum at 62-66 Lennox Street, Maryborough, Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. It was built from to 1904. It is also known as Geraghty's Store. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.
Brennan & Geraghty's Store was built by partners Patrick Brennan and Martin Geraghty in what was then a small commercial centre in Lennox Street, Maryborough. The store was operated by members of the same family until 1972, thus completing a century of trading, and contains original stock and trading records.
Maryborough was established at its present site in 1852 as an outlet for the trade of the Wide Bay and Burnett pastoral districts. Wool, tallow, cedar and kauri pine flowed outwards with backloads of essential supplies for the stations providing a thriving trade. Timber was milled there and the strong impetus provided by the discovery of gold at nearby Gympie in 1867 soon established Maryborough as a prosperous commercial and banking centre.
Maryborough was also a port of entry and 22,000 immigrants arrived there directly from overseas during the period 1862-1890.
In 1863, Patrick Brennan and Martin Geraghty arrived in Maryborough from Ireland. Brennan worked for some time as storekeeper at Kilkivan station and was involved in the early Gympie gold rush. Geraghty, who married Patrick's sister Catherine in 1864, bought land in Lennox Street and built a cottage at no. 64, from which he ran a joinery and undertaking business, then opened a store at what is now no. 60, in 1869. At the time, this section of the street supported a small commercial centre, including a hotel which was across the road from Geraghty's property.
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  • One of many heritage highlights in Maryborough. This is an absolute must visit to see the way in which the store has been conserved. Really charming, with excellent and knowledgeable volunteers staffi...  more »
  • Took our two grandchildren 8 and 11. The really enjoyed looking round and finding all the item brands they can still buy. Lots of questions to ask which was great. The gentleman on duty was very frien...  more »
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  • A real step back in time, a must visit. Great info if you have time to stop and talk.
  • Great historical store .. staff very informative

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