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Negative - Forrest, Victoria, circa 1890 Image Reg. No: MM 5269

Description Of Content:
Timber workers in front of Robbins ' Timber Mill.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Leslie Zimmer, 1987
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: logging, railway lines, sawmills, steam engines, timber workers, trolleys, 60 yr olds clothes 1950s
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Transport Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Forestry & Sawmilling
Tertiary Classification: timber yards
Organisations Depicted: Robbins Timber Mill
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Forrest, Victoria, Australia, circa 1890


Norman Houghton Posted on 30 Sep 2013 4:41 AM
I doubt that this mill is Robbins' at Barramunga in the Otways. The original pic was taken by J. Arnest early in the 20th century. One title I have seen says it is Knott's No 2 mill at Wyelangta but this mill was post 1915 and the dress of the blokes is not that type and the mill layout very old fashioned for that era. It is not at Barramunga as the ground is all wrong for Robbins' mill and the tramway does not fit. See my 'Sawdust & Steam' page 172 for the mill and tram layout. I suspect it is Devitt Bros mill at McDevitt, near Beech Forest, as the ground fits the site. The ground does not fit the Knott No 2 mill at Wyelangta. I have been to all of these sites doing field work for my sawmill books, esp Sawdust and Steam and 'The Beechy'. I will need to revisit the Devitt site to make sure and will do so soon as I am redoing all of my stuff on West Otways sawmills for a new book.

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