still in use?
Wonderful point of view, Ian! It gives us the feel of the place.
Dear Sig and Marilyn,
Surprisingly yes, this mill is still in use! From the road, it didn't appear to be operational, and that was why I went in to photograph it, in a disused state. But I met the owner and operator and he kindly allowed me to wander around with my camera. I was surprised to discover that it was still operational and it was well maintained internally. There is a very small throughput, today.
To have recently found a download that allows me to do photostitching, I am now on the lookout for different settings that will best be displayed in panorama format.
I am pleased, very pleased, that you appreciate this "window on the upper Mary Valley" view, Marilyn! So much of the life of this valley has revolved around its timber industry and its sawmills. There are large state-of-technology mills at Imbil, Melawondi, Gympie and Toolara on the one hand while very few mills from an almost bygone era are still operational. But the Conondale mill is one of the latter. When I stepped into it I was taken back 50 years into my early childhood world.
_To present the rural landscape of the Mary Valley framed by a sawmill is to make a quintessential statement.- And who better to do it, than the son of a Mary Valley sawmiller! I lived in Imbil about 30kms away in a sawmill world surrounded by virgin scrubs, plantation forests, timber jinkers, timber stacks, timber trucks, saw benches and forklifts.
Thank you very much Ian.
My visit to this mill was spontaneous, but by sharing the images through Panoramio, I began researching its history. Being the son of a Mary Valley sawmiller / mill manager / saw doctor and the grandson of a teamster that worked his horse teams (1918-1939) in the Brisbane and Mary Valleys, I am aware of and able to interpret the patterns of sawmilling and the industrial heritage of this region. However, I had never before visited this particular mill, so my impromtu visit became a significant learning experience.
I have now learned that the mill is listed as an item of cultural heritage and of industrial heritage on the Queensland Heritage Register by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Queensland Government.
The Heritage Register provides a full descriptionof the history of the mill and itemises the plant and equipment that is still extant.
I wish you well in the contest.
PS: I wish it were possible to see all the entries in the contests at the click of a global tag button. Perhaps Panoramio will be able to start adding more features like this to the site, soon, now that they have about completed their transfer to Google.
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Photo taken in Conondale QLD 4552, Australia
Misplaced? Suggest new location