A convict who twice escaped
the hangman's noose was the first owner of this house at Lennox and
Walker streets, overlooking Queens Park. In the 1820s, Edward Priddy
was convicted in London of stealing, and was sentenced to be hanged.
Priddy escaped, was recaptured and again sentenced to death by
hanging, but his penalty was altered to 'transportation for life'.
So in 1828, after 128 days at sea on the sailing ship Countess of
Harcourt, the 26-year-old found himself in Sydney without his wife
and child. Priddy began `doing his time' as a farm labourer and it
was fourteen years before he was issued with his `ticket of leave'
in 1842, making him a free man. Five years later, Priddy, described
in the records as a widower, married his second wife, former convict
Mary Davis, and in 1850 the couple headed north to Maryborough to a
They obviously prospered,
because in the 1860s Edward built the Carpenters Arms Hotel, the
first pub on the site occupied now by the Central Hotel. He was also
the licensee at various times. Sadly, Mary had become a slave to the
Demon Drink and in April, 1866, Edward found her on the floor of the
hotel's living quarters in a pool of blood from a burst blood
vessel. A fortnight after his wife's death, Priddy married
30-year-old widow Lucy Grubb. They were married for 21 years before
the man who twice beat the hangman, died aged 82, leaving Lucy his
property, including the hotel.
The house, built in 1874, became known locally as `Lucy Priddy's
cottage', even after Lucy married a gentleman named Cheek and became
Lucy Moore Cheek.
(Previous text taken from the 'Maryborough A Rare Old Town' book
Danny Lynch & Greg Lunney).
The cottage, named Parkview in recent years, is one of several in
Maryborough which still have wooden iron bark shingles beneath the
The brick cottage at the rear was originally the Commercial
Bank of Australia which only opened for business whenever the 'Cobb
& Co.' coaches stopped next door to change horses.
'Parkview' has recently been restored
and is operated by Craig and Claire Winter as 'Parkview The Art
of Fine Coffee'. Craig is a world renowned artist and has many
of his works on display (you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse
of him working on his next painting).
Brolga Theatre has been established on the opposite corner.
This historic home has recently
come alive with locals, tourists and business meetings following the
upgrade of the Hervey Bay airport to accommodate Virgin and Jetstar
- Sydney direct flights.
The entire Fraser Coast
region has now blossomed as a preferred lifestyle area and holiday
destination. With the recent beautification and restoration of
Maryborough and it's port area it has become a unique as an example
of 'Early Australia'. Hervey Bay and Fraser Island are renowned
worldwide for environmental tourism and whale watching. The region
is now recording some of Australia's highest growth figures.
Drop in, say hi! and try our
great coffee and check out the art gallery.