Dayboro Sawmill

Dayboro Sawmill – Log from Ocean View c. 1930s May Stephens, Steve McLennan (left) and George Juffs

Dayboro Sawmill – Log from Ocean View c. 1930s
May Stephens, Steve McLennan (left) and George Juffs

For many years timber was a huge industry in the Dayboro district with quite a number of sawmills in existence. This photograph was taken at the Dayboro Sawmill in the 1930s. The log came from somewhere at Ocean View. It was taken down what it now known as Fred’s Road, through Mt. Pleasant, finally arriving at the Dayboro Sawmill. I was told that this log came off the timber jinker going down Fred’s Road. They managed to re-load it but it ended up back to front on the jinker.
The house in the background was built by Robert Ernest Stephens, May’s father, in 1925. It is the house that is located next to the present day Puma Service Station. Bob Stephens relocated his sawmill from Kobble Creek to a site some distance to the rear of this house in 1926. He also built a shed in which to store the sawn timber which is where Puma Service Station is now located. In March 1931 he again dismantled his sawmill and moved it to Lutwyche.
Ownership of the Dayboro Sawmill is a little hazy over the years as some of the proprietors were only lessees not owners of the property. May Stephens was involved in the timber industry all her working life and by late 1942 she was in partnership with Mick Simpson in the Dayboro Sawmill, the business trading under the name of May Stephens & M. Simpson, Sawmillers & Timber Merchants.