TIMBER – THE BACKBONE OF TOWNS
In the early days of forestry, mini towns sprung up within the forests to house timber cutters, bullock
teams, millers, cooks and inspectors. Sometimes settlements became more permanent, while others
disappeared until the forests were harvested again decades later.
Today, numerous towns in NSW have their roots in the forest and timber industry with many still heavily
reliant on forests for employment.
ABOVE: Tents were erected for short harvesting periods. As this example from 1959 at Mt Boss near
Wauchope shows, accommodation for timber getters remained very simple well into the 20th century.