Visitors will be able to see an authentic working sawmill from the 1950’s come to life highlighting an era when timber was the major industry in Herberton.
Step back another 65 years to the turn of the century and the Village’s new Cobb & Co Coach would not have been out of place.
Village owners Craig and Connie Kimberley said both exhibits were a wonderful addition to the Village.
“The Cobb and Co coach was built in October, 1883 in Bathurst, and first saw service for the Cooma Coaching Company on the run between Cooma and Queanbeyan in New South Wales, taking passengers and transporting them to smaller outlying towns,” Craig said.
The coach would have been pulled by four horses over the most difficult terrain. “You wouldn’t be able to tell the miles this coach would have travelled as it was sensitively restored in the 1990’s,” Craig goes on to explain.
“It has a new full leather harness made from the same pattern used by Cobb & Co ensuring this coach is as authentic as the day it left the Bathurst factory 132 years ago.”
Craig also praised the efforts of the Village’s project manager Bill Leet and his team to restore the 75-year-old sawmill to working order.
“This has been a three-year project and the finished result will highlight the importance of the timber industry on the Atherton Tablelands at this time,” he said.
The sawmill was built by Ted Keid in the 1950’s at Wondecla. It was used to cut cabinet timber for housing construction, high quality flooring and cladding. It was also used to cut heavy bridge timbers and sleepers.
Completing the exhibit will be a 32 tonne General Electric late 1930’s generator that used to run the Malanda Milk Factory. It will be able to power the sawmill.
The exhibits can been seen at the Historic Village Herberton these school holidays, for more information on opening times visit the website http://www.historicvillageherberton.com.au