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Title: Forests Inquiry in 1907-1908

Following are lists of names of people who appeared before a Forests Inquiry in (1907-1908) - they were contained in a book on the history of the Forestry Commission in NSW. In the book each person has a paragraph summarising their evidence, it has some interesting information on their work, location etc. If anyone has an interest in any of these people, please email Leith Davis, and she will send a transcript of their paragraph.

Evidence given to a Royal Commission of Inquiry on Forestry, 1907 and 1908

1. Mr J A S Murray, Sawmill Proprietor, Myrtle Creek south of Casino
2. Mr T W Hewetson, Sawmill Proprietor, Sandilands west of Casino
3. Mr A C Simpson, Timber Merchant and Sawmill Proprietor, Casino
4. Mr W Yabsley, Landowner and Sawmill Proprietor, Coraki
5. Mr W P Pope, District Forester, Casino
6. Mr W E Oxenford, Sawmiller, South Lismore
7. Mr R R Mallet, Sawmill Proprietor, Mullumbimby
8. Mr J Hunting, Sawmiller, Flagstone Creek near White Swamp
9. Mr J Breckenridge, Sawmill Proprietor and Timber Merchant, Failford
10. Mr T Miles, Sawmill Proprietor, Forster
11. Mr J Hibbard, Sawmill Manager, Hamilton near Port Macquarie
12. Mr G F Nott, Sawmiller, Armidale
13. Mr W A Baker, Wyatts Creek, Wollomombi
14. Mr R Kirkwood, Sawmiller, Armidale
15. Mr H J Clark, Sawmiller, Tenterfield
16. Mr E Grover, Sawmiller and Timber Merchant, Glen Innes
17. Mr E F Ferguson, Sawmill Manager, Grafton
18. Mr J Reid, Sawmiller and Timber Merchant, South Grafton
19. Mr H. W. Hillier, Sawmill Manager, Dorrigo
20. Mr R Pearson, Sawmiller and Timber Merchant, Guyra
21. Mr F Barnes, Fencing Contractor, Inverell
22. Mr J Turner, Sawmill Manager, West Narrabri
23. Mr A L Schwager, Sawmiller, Wee Waa
24. Mr G J Saunders, Sawmiller, Kerringle near Mullaley
25. Mr C Mooy, Sawmiller, Coonamble
26. Mr A Sam Sawmill Manager, Forbes
27. Mr R Mison, Sawmiller, Bomaderry
28. Mr W Riley, Sawmiller, Ulladulla
29. Mr D McInnes, Police Constable, Cooma
30. Mr J Hides Junior, Sawmiller, Pilot Hill near Batlow
31. Mr C B Optiz, Sawmiller, Mathoura

Submissions on cedar cutting:

1 Mr D Guinea, Farmer, Tyalgum
2 Mr E C J Marks, Sugar grower, Farmer and Dairyman, Terranora near
3 Mr W G Law, Timber getter and Dairyman, Mullumbimby
4 Mr T B O'Neill, Timber getter, Mullumbimby
5 Mr G R Henson, District Superintendent, Department of Railways
6 Mr D Currie, Settler, North Lismore
7 Mr A W Brown, Hotelkeeper and Farmer, Newton Boyd
8 Mr E F Ferguson, Sawmill Manager, Grafton
9 Mr J Cartmill, Farmer and Timber getter, Nymboida
10 Mr W J Sinclair, Grazier, Bostobrick
11 Mr E Watson, Farmer, White Swamp
12 Mr W A Baker, Sawmiller, Wyatts Creek, Wollomombi
13 Mr S A Harper, Building Contractor, Armidale
14 Mr E H F Swain, Assistant Forester, Coffs Harbour
15 Mr E B Moody, Timber getter and Farmer, Upper Bellingen
16 Mr W H Nalder, Staff Surveyor, Kempsey
17 Mr E Rudder, Farmer and Grazier, Oaklands, Kempsey
18 Mr C O Ducat, Timber-carter, Bellbrook
19 Mr F T Wilkinson, Singleton

P 108
"The Bellinger River contained extensive volumes of Cedar and the first cedargetters started there about 1842. It grew to immense size particularly on the alluvial flats of the lower river on what is now cleared farm land.  Large quantities were obtained and rafted to the entrance and shipped in the surf. Mr E H F Swain, then a district forester and late Commissioner of  Forests, in a Bulletin issued in 1912 wrote "it is recorded of one growing between Fernmount and Raleigh that 39,000 superficial feet of timber were obtained by the saw and that another 5,000 superficial feet twelve or so years later were axe chopped out of the limbs by the succeeding settlers.  Of another on what is now Connell's farm, near Fernmount, it is recorded that a family named Woods lived in the roofed over spurs for two years."

Contributed by: Leith Davis

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