Comet Man Mural

The Story Behind This Mural


An amateur astronomer from Maryborough, Mr Mervyn Jones, found an unnamed comet on 1 July 1967 at 6.15 pm. He was using binoculars to scan the western sky when he saw a misty object and immediately used his telescope to locate it. The comet was eventually named the Mitchell-Jones-Gerber Comet after the three people who registered seeing it on the same day throughout the world.

Mural Location Map


About the Artist

The artist, Nigel Zschech, is a Brisbane based artist specialising in airbrush techniques.

Contributors to this Mural

The Maryborough Mural Project relies entirely on the generosity of volunteers and sponsors from our local community.  The artist’s commission was generously sponsored by the family of the astronomer depicted in the mural. The Committee would like to thank Mrs Jan Carlson, Ms Tracey Christoffel, Mr Mal Finlayson, Ms Tracey Gray, Ms Bronwyn Mendoza, Mrs Dawn Vanderwolf, Mr Rai Whitten and Mr Mark Williams for their time and expertise in coordinating this mural.  We would also like to thank the following businesses for their kind and generous sponsorship of this mural: