Now John collects awards
SOME people collect stamps, cars or even Barbie dolls - but not John Millroy.
For 25 years he's been collecting horses and carriages.
And now, for the third year in a row, his extraordinary passion for olden day transport has paid off.
On the weekend John and his wife Lyn were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Central Queensland and Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism Awards, after again winning the Heritage and Cultural Tourism category.
John opened his business The Horse and Carriage in 2006 at the corner of Rockhampton Road and Millroy Drive, Yeppoon.
It is the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles in Queensland with 81 exhibits which include 56 vehicles and 24 restored farming implements.
“It's pretty gratifying really,” John said yesterday of winning.
“It's nice when you win something - it makes all worthwhile.”
Other local businesses to receive awards:
- The Capricorn Caves - Major Tourist Attraction and Ecotourism awards
- Champions Brock Experience - Significant Tourist Attraction
- Capricorn Tourism - Specialised Tourism Services
- Emu's Beach Resort - Backpacker Accommodation
Capricorn Tourism chairman Grant Cassidy said awards evening showcased those with dedication to the tourism industry who brings benefits not only to themselves, but to the whole of CQ.