FORESTS BUILT ON MATESHIP
Forests were the place for men who enjoyed hard work and solitude. But
they were also where many friendships were forged and maintained.
Men worked in teams or in pairs during harvesting and so needed to trust
their colleagues completely. They developed easy understandings, where
words would not need to be spoken during the felling of a tree or the
carting of timber.
The communal ‘smoko’ and lunch would be the place of stories about
close calls, difficult locations and legends of the axe. Many of these
historical photographs show the ease with which the men relate and the
firm friendships that would support them over the years.
LEFT: The Wauchope regional road crew stopping in the forest for lunch in the
1940s. Lunch allowed for a quick nap, a cup of billy tea and cold meat.
ABOVE: With the introduction of the 4WD, larger distances could be travelled but it
was still necessary to stop and ‘boil the billy’ in 1963. Peter Hopkinson and Gordon
Parsons are seen here surveying on Bobs Ridge Road, Kippara, near Wauchope.
Today Peter’s son Glenn is still part of the forestry family, carrying on his father’s
work as a Roading Coordinator on the north coast