The Sawmilling and Timber Industries of the Pilliga Forest

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Sawmilling in the Pilliga Forest started as early as the 1870s. By the 1930s it had become a thriving industry, and Baradine had become the centre for the forestry industries for the region. Local Cypress Pine was milled for housing, while hardwoods were used as railway sleepers. Small but thriving communities developed as forestry men and their families lived and worked at the remote sawmill sites.

Listen to Bob's stories of living and working at the Rocky Creek Sawmill.


Rae recalls the fun she had as a child living at the remote Wooleybah Sawmill.


Paul talks about the sawmill operated on his family property 'Glen Ayr'.