JW Lutton & Sons Sawmill, Yabba Road, Imbil, 1955. [Photographer: Robert J Stehbens]

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Ian Stehbens on February 6, 2009

The log yard at this time included mostly small girth hardwood logs, which was very different from the earlier era when it was large girth virgin hardwood logs that were preferred for milling. Gone are the days of teamsters with their bullocks or horses hauling large girth logs on thier wagons. This was the period of trucks and timber jinkers bringing long straight logs into the mill.

The other Imbil mills (both Hyne & Sons and C W Lutton's mills) at this time, cut thinnings timber from the softwood (Araucaria cunninghamii) plantations.


KelvinRose on March 4, 2009

That's a good one. I'll have that in my favourites. Your Dad took this photo for a project I was working on with the girls in the youth group.

Rob's first employment was here in this mill working the pit saw. He graduated through all aspects of the mill till he became manager of the top mill. You will remember living at the top mill, owned by Wes Lutton. You used to come home from school and wait till the men stopped work. Then you would get on the fork lift and drive around the yard stacking timber, to help your Dad.


Ian Stehbens on March 5, 2009

Yes Mum, I did, every afternoon from 4:30 and I was only 7 years old! Completely unsupervised but trusted, I drove the forklift stacking timber stacks three high (10ft). Thinking back now, I can remember thinking the forklift was such a simple vehicle to drive, not much more than a toy! Forward, back, brake. And the forks simply went up or down, with a tilt back or forward.

I know what you will say. "I didn't know you were doingh that." Well you did, because I have never been one for keeping secrets, and the yard was all around the house, so I was happily driving back and forward. "Helping your Dad." Yes, I was, and taking responsibility. There was never a single miss, and the stacks were placed perfectly.

Thanks for the memory.


pedrocut on July 23, 2009

Hi Ian

Thanks for the link and interesting story. I have a great number of slides taken by my late uncle and will put some on the site, as I think the old photos can be of great interest.

All the Best Peter

Ian Stehbens on July 24, 2009

It is special to share with you, Peter. I am aware of your interest in history from your gallery alone. I will look at your historical images of your Uncle when you have uploaded them.



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