New chapter in city history
WHEN Captain James Cook penned his journal, Voyage to the Pacific, little could he have thought that 226 years later an original copy, worth more than $5000, would sit in Rockhampton's new History Centre.
The journal is one of many valuable treasures housed at the new centre which was officially opened yesterday.
The centre is the third and final piece of the $12million Library and Community Centre project, located in the old southside library, alongside the adjoining regional library and nearby School of Arts building, which has been refurbished.
Rockhampton's Bronwyn Roper has spent countless hours pouring over the pieces the centre houses.
Bronwyn, a development officer for the Queensland Museum, has found it a treasure trove of intriguing works which formed the basis for her masters thesis last year.
She said the centre's collection of works included items of national significance, such as the historic records of the Lakes Creek meatworks, once the largest meatworks in the southern hemisphere.
Interestingly, there is more than one kilometre of archives, with many pieces kept in a climate-controlled room so they can be preserved for future generations.
Other items of note include another Cook journal, Voyage towards the South Pole (1784), also worth about $5000 and an original copy of George Dixon's A Voyage Around The World (1789), worth more than $6000.
People can visit the History Centre and search the list of archives using the computers provided.