MARYSVILLE TIMBER AND SEASONING COMPANY MILLS AND TRAMWAYS - History
Heritage Inventory History of Site: The Marysville Timber and Seasoning Company was formed in 1930 to extract and mill a large area of mountain ash and messmate situated in the Wilks Creek basin and the surrounding ridges. No 1 mill, site(b), was built in 1930 and the No 2 mill, site (g), in 1934. Lowering gears were installed on Mt Edgar and Mt Strickland to lower the logs from the ridges, and a 3' gauge tramline , operated by a 'Days' tractor extended towards the Paradise Plains area. The sawn timber from the mill was transported to a gantry located on the Narbethong/Marysville Road until the 1939 fires. After the fires the outlet tramway was closed, but the logging lines and the inclines were rebuilt. No 1 mill was closed prior to 1950, but No 2 continued to operate until the mid 1960s, using a tramway and incline built in a south west direction from the mill.
MARYSVILLE TIMBER AND SEASONING COMPANY MILLS AND TRAMWAYS - Heritage Inventory Description
The following features were noted along the tramway:a. Bridge remains situated on sharp curves on the outlet tramway.b. Concrete mill foundations, No. 1 mill, transfer gantry still standing.c. Complete log bogies on formation of incline and some rail remains.d. Well preserved lowering gear headframe and brake bands.e. Well preserved trestle bridge on a sharp curve.f. A very large "pigsty" bridge and sleepers, very well preserved.g. Wooden mill foundations, boiler remains. The site is almost obliterated for a log dump.h. Remains of lowering gear. i. Two well preserved huts, still standing.j. Remains of a fuel shed.k. Well preserved bridge.
Heritage Inventory Significance: Regional. The series of sites offers a good example of an integrated tramway system using lowering gears, locomotive haulage and horse haulage. It has been in operation until fairly recently and most relics are well preserved.