Local legend to be immortalised by new public space
Published on 18 January 2023
The legacy of Mary Barry and Mary's Commercial Hotel, once both Dalby icons, are set to be forever immortalised following today's Council resolution to name the new public development at 120 Cunningham Street, "Mary's Place".
Mayor Paul McVeigh said the site had a long history as a location where people could relax and enjoy each other's company, and the reinvigoration of the space will continue that tradition in the memory of Mary Barry and her popular hotel.
"Mary was incredibly well regarded and respected by the community for her friendly and welcoming hospitality, and for the dedication and support she showed for her community," Mayor McVeigh said.
"This is a really important project to the community, so Council has undertaken meaningful engagement throughout to help the community guide the project with their values and ideas, and the naming of the site is the result of the latest community engagement.
"This name will forever recognise an important local character, as well as a location that many locals would have fond memories of, some of whom may recall referring to the pub as 'Mary's”.
"Council received 162 suggestions for a name from the community, which Council considered in its deliberation before settling on a name which received strong community support and which we feel is very appropriate.
"The name won't be the only nod to Mary once construction is complete, with the space featuring an abstract replica of 'Mary's Bar' and an accompanying tribute to Mary and Mary's Commercial Hotel.
Councillor Megan James, Council Spokesperson for Strategic Communications and Council Facilities, said now the exciting part of choosing a name was done, Council was interested in gathering stories from the community about Mary Barry and Mary's Commercial Hotel.
"We want to capture any treasured memories or reflections people may have of Mary and her pub to create a lasting tribute at the location, telling the story of the impact that Mary had upon the Dalby community and visitors to our town. A story which can be enjoyed by travellers and generations to come," Councillor James said.
The 120 Cunningham Street project will create a vibrant, exciting, and energised town centre by transforming the space into a welcoming and attractive location that can be activated with lighting, visual imagery, and features space for people to meet, relax, and enjoy each other's company.
The project is due for completion in mid-2023 and is being delivered as part of Council's Covid-19 Recovery package with the help of local contractors, in partnership with funding from the Queensland Government's Works 4 Queensland Program.
Mary Barry - Photo by Richard Hooke