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Howzat! Hayden could have museum built in his honour

A museum could be built in honour of cricketing great, Matthew Hayden.
A museum could be built in honour of cricketing great, Matthew Hayden. Rob Williams

A MUSEUM dedicated to a Kingaroy born and bred cricket legend is on the cards.

Matthew Hayden's professional cricket career includes holding the record for the highest score made by an Australian batsman in tests (380) and representing the sport on an international level.

His parents, Moya and Lawrence, are right behind the idea of their son being immortalised.

Mr Hayden said valuable sporting memorabilia and gear from his son's career could be loaned to the museum.

"I'm absolutely hoping it will happen," Mr Hayden said.

"We have talked to Matthew and he is willing to loan the museum a whole lot of gear.

"We also have kept everything over the years; videos of his games, paper clippings, some of the photos throughout the place.

Moya and Lawrence Hayden think a museum for their son Matthew Hayden would have a tremendous impact on tourism in the region.
Moya and Lawrence Hayden think a museum for their son Matthew Hayden would have a tremendous impact on tourism in the region. Jordan Philp

"It could be a tremendous tourist attraction for the region."

Councillor Barry Green said he was surprised the region had not already honoured Hayden's sporting accomplishments.

"I will be pursuing this matter as high priority," he said.

"Preliminary discussions have taken part with Matthew's management group but where they are now I'm not sure.

"I feel it not only honours one of the truly great sporting heroes produced in the South Burnett, but it will also have great tourist potential for the region."

Earlier this year Hayden was involved in a Queensland Tourism campaign aimed to attract Indian tourists in coming to Australia.

Do you think Matthew Hayden deserves a museum?

This poll ended on 08 September 2013.

Yeah, the bloke's a bloody legend! - 18%

No, I don't think it would bring tourists to the region. - 36%

Yes. He's a tribute to Kingaroy and it would bring more people to the town. - 45%

Who's Matthew Hayden? - 0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

South Burnett

Topics:  barry green, cricket, kingaroy, matthew hayden


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