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Walkers Limited is one of Maryborough’s oldest firms. Walkers built Queensland’s first locomotive in 1873 and began building ships in 1877. Walkers built ten ships for the Royal Australian Navy during World War II, including the HMAS Maryborough. Sections of the original engineering complex, ship-building yards and slipway are still located on the Mary River. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was not very big at the start of World War Two. It only consisted of seven ships.
By the end of the war the navy consisted of 140 ships and over 200 support vessels. Australian naval vessels fought in every theatre of the war and near every major naval battle, including the search for the infamous German ship Bismarck and the Normandy landings in 1944 (D-Day). Walkers Limited contributed more than just the HMAS Maryborough to Australia’s war effort. The engineering firm also built seven ‘Bathurst class’ corvettes (which included the HMAS Maryborough), two ‘River class’ frigates and a ‘Bay class’ frigate. Walkers continued to build ships for the RAN until it closed in 1974.
Image credit: Royal Australian Navy.