With the opening of the Gippsland railway to Sale in 1879 the dense forest in West Gippsland provided a valuable resource, which sawmillers were quick to exploit. There was an intense burst of timber production as farmers, seeking to clear their land, worked in partnership with sawmillers to take advantage of a burgeoning demand for timber in Melbourne.
Between 1875 and 1900 at least 130 sawmill sites were worked in this area, connected to the main towns and railways by tramways. This, and their associated industries, forms the framework for this book, exploring the relationship between settlers and sawmillers which was so important in establishing agriculture in Gippsland.
Publisher: Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc