AUSTRALIAN historians are coming to Largs in a bid to save the 'special' historical ties between the town and Down Under.

David Muir, the chair of Australia's Clem Jones Trust, is flying in next month to discuss how the links between Largs and Brisbane can be utilised to capitalise on potential tourism opportunities.

Sir Thomas Brisbane was born and died in Largs and helped found the city named after him whilst he was the Governor of the Colony of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825.

David will meet local councillors, businesses and community representatives in a bid to make sure the 200 year old bond does not disappear.

David told the News he is excited about the prospect of strengthening the relationship.

He said: “The late Clem Jones was the longest-serving Lord Mayor of the City of Brisbane, sitting from 1961 to 1975, and made it his mission to maintain the special relationship between Largs and Brisbane.

“He made a point of visiting Largs during his time and hosted several Largs Brisbane Queens when they visited Australia.

“Clem also established the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium at Mount Coo, which in Brisbane remains a popular attraction for people of all ages.

“Clem’s work continues through the Clem Jones Trust and the September meeting will hopefully see new ideas floated for strengthening links again between the two places.”

Ideas to be discussed will include how to boost Australian visitor numbers to Largs through a growing interest in historical tourism.

David added: “A history trail in Largs including the Brisbane Observatory, with the meridian markers known as the three sisters marry up with the Brisbane Bridge.

“Even the Brisbane Hotel and the Brisbane Taxis company could get involved. There are lots of possibilities."

David said: “Brisbane established Scotland’s second astronomical observatory in Largs, where his work contributed to advances in navigation.

“All of these links are solid foundations on which to build a stronger relationship."

Major General Monro, who will host Mr Muir, said: “I look forward to David Muir’s visit as the Clem Jones Trust has always been very interested in the links between Largs and Brisbane.

“At the time of the Commonwealth Games in Queensland, the Clem Jones Trust was very helpful in raising the profile of the Brisbane Observatory Trust and its work to conserve the Largs observatory which is of international as well as local importance.

“Last year the observatory was granted listed status and the Brisbane Observatory Trust’s aim is to save it for posterity."

The meeting will take place at the Brisbane House Hotel in Largs on September 20.