Kobble Station

Kobble Station – Bob Stephens’ Sawmill to the right – 1922 (ca)

In August 1925 Bob Stephens, sawmiller of Kobble, began building a large bungalow in Dayboro on the site of the Silverwood store residence which had been destroyed by fire in 1924.  

The Brisbane Courier of 22nd July 1926 reported “…Sawmilling: Mr. R. Stephens, of Kobble, has leased land in Dayboro, and has removed his sawmilling plant there.  This should lead to greater activity in the timber industry.”  The sawmill was established in the vicinity of where the Dayboro Bowls Club is now located.  He erected a shed on the Silverwood Store site in which to store sawn timber.  This is where Puma Service Station is now located.

Bob Stephens and his wife were involved in a number of local organisations, including the Ambulance and the Church of England.  Their home was at times the venue for fundraising events.   

The Brisbane Courier of 17 February 1931 reported “…Mr. R.E. Stephens is at present dismantling his sawmill at Dayboro and intends erecting it at Lutwyche, Brisbane.  The timber in this district is now beginning to widen out, and owing to this the mill is sometimes kept waiting for logs for days at a time…”

The other sawmill in the town remained in operation.  Sometime in the 1940s Bob Stephens’ daughter, May, went into partnership with Mick Simpson in the Dayboro Sawmill.