Ripper yarns, love poems and biographies just the start


Lisa and Cameron Waterson help prepare for the Annual Book Sale.

FROM Uncle Jack (the Ripper) and Victorian Love Poems to Toni McRae’s own work on Andrew Peacock’s biography and Indigenous Australian history, this weekend’s Annual Book Sale in Maryborough Central Plaza is gold dust for book lovers.

These and many other literary works from the private collection of award-winning journalist, the late Toni McRae, have been donated to the book sale, a joint project between Fraser Coast Libraries and the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise.

Ms McRae was an international print journalist who worked in Israel, Europe, Iran and New Zealand. In recent years she was the Fraser Coast Chronicle’s chief reporter and media officer for state members of parliament in Hervey Bay and Maryborough. Sadly, she died last October, aged 67 years.

The complete Agatha Christie Crime Collection and Fifty Shades of Grey are also among the thousands of bargains being sold this Saturday and Sunday to raise money for charity.

Maryborough Sunrise president Robyn Dowling said proceeds from the book sale would be split evenly between local projects nominated by the club and Fraser Coast Libraries.

“In Rotary’s case, this will be Books in Homes, an initiative that runs in Maryborough schools,” Mrs Dowling said.

“Literally thousands of fiction and non-fiction books are being offered for as little as 50 cents (magazines), $1 (soft cover) and $2 (hard cover) during Rotary Literacy Month.

“There are books on almost every conceivable topic from romance novels to war, history, gardening, cooking, spiritual, self-help, business management and much more.”

Mrs Dowling said donations of books for sale would also be welcomed on the day and can be dropped into the shopfront opposite the Bi Lo supermarket in Maryborough Central Plaza.

Tickets for the Quilt Show raffle will also be on sale.


What: Annual Book Sale
Where: Maryborough Central Plaza
When: 8am to 3pm, Saturday March 7; 9am to 3pm, Sunday March 8