At its peak Maryborough is reported to have had a population of up to 50,000 although local historian Betty Osborn, of Maryborough-Midlands Historical Society inc., says it was closer to 30,000.
The town site was surveyed in 1854, with a police camp, Methodist church, and hospital amongst the first infrastructure. The settlement was originally known as Simsons, but later changed to Maryborough by the gold commissioner James Daly, after his Irish birthplace.
According to the 2006 census, there are 7,692 people that reside in Maryborough.
Like many regional centres, a high percentage of the population (86.1%) were born in Australia, with England (3.3%), New Zealand (0.5%) and Scotland (0.4%) notable countries of birth outside Australia.
The first Europeans to settle were the Simson brothers, who established a sheep station, known as Charlotte Plains, in 1840.
Gold was discovered at White Hill, 4 kilometres north of Maryborough, in 1854, leading to prospectors rushing to the area.
Just over 25% of the population describe themselves as Anglican, with over 20% of the population claiming no religious affiliation.
La Classique with its artistic ballet mastery, lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets will take us on a journey back in time to the frost-covered, gas lit world of Clara, her beloved nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer.
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate.
Maryborough’s art trail starts with the changing exhibitions shown at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery.
The Gallery rotates local and contemporary artists from the Goldfields region, and covers a wide range of styles.