Red Cedar Furniture adorns the Dining Room of historic Booubyjan Homestead, Queensland

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Ian Stehbens on January 17, 2009

The furniture at historic Booubyjan Homestead is made from red cedar, cut from the forests at Imbil, in the Yabba Valley.

The original owners of Booubyjan Station were also the original owners of Imbil Station. Like Booubyjan, Imbil Homestead was furnished with red cedar but at Imbil Homestead much of the building was made from red cedar including the flooring!

This large dresser and mirror has the words "Booubyjan" and "Imbil" engraved in it, which can be seen if the viewer clicks on this photo for a larger view. The Lawless Brothers, through the widow Ellen Lawless, disposed of Imbil, and made Booubyjan their head station. Booubyjan has remained in the Lawless Family to this day, now being run by Micheal and Stephanie Lawless.

Pictured admiring the furniture and discussing the histories of Booubyjan, Imbil and the Lawless Family are Michael Lawless and Denise (Stehbens) Torenbeek.

Red Cedar was and is a prized cabinet timber, that first attracted the European timbergetters into the forests and rainforest scrubs of New South Wales between today's Grafton and Maryborough.

From Imbil, the flood discharges down the Yabba River (nowadays called Yabba Creek) and into the Mary River carried the red cedar logs to downstream mills, especially those in Gympie, where the geological lineaments intersected the river at oblique orientation resulting in the floods sending many logs into natural traps or flooded basins where they were trapped and then able to be hauled or retained in mill yards as the flood receded.

Ian Stehbens on September 22, 2009

A portrait of the current owner of Booubyjan, Michael Lawless, hangs on the wall. Michael and his wife Stephanie have maintained the Lawless Family archives and are a wealth of information on the property and the Lawless pioneer history in NSW/cum Queensland.

Pictured here, reflected in the mirror, are Michael Lawless and Denise (nee Stehbens) Torenbeek.

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