After the great slaughter of trees
You are standing on the embankment of James Wheeler’s timber tramway, constructed in the 1880s. It took around 30 years for his sawmills to eat their way through the Wombat Forest from the north. From the west, it also took Henry McGie, a Ballarat sawmiller, three decades to get here.
- Houghton, N., Wombat Woodsmen, Self published, 2013. Available from Daylesford & District Historical Society.
- Taylor, A., A Forester’s Log: The story of John La Gerche and the Ballarat-Creswick State Forest 1882-1897, Melbourne University Publications, 1994. Available from Daylesford & District Historical Society.