LEAVING THEIR MARK
LEFT: The axeman of old demonstrated incredible balance, strength and expertise as seen
in this photograph. To balance on a small board while cutting through this tall spotted gum,
many metres up, without the aid of today’s safety equipment shows the regular risks of the
past – and the resilience in the hearts of the workers.
ABOVE: As forests regenerate, they often erase all previous evidence of disturbance. But other
times they reveal old stories such as that of forestry worker, Neville Kedzlie, who carved his
initials in this stump in the Dorrigo district after felling it in the 1940s. The stump also bears
the scars from the deep board notches used by Kedzlie to climb and balance while chopping
through the trunk. The new growth, ferns and moss are reclaiming the forest after the toil from
years gone past, and one day Kedzlie’s mark will be gone forever.