What is significant?
Barbour's tramway and log chute, constructed around 1856, removed logs from the Mount Macedon plateau down to Robert Barbour's Black Forest Sawmill. The tramway brought logs to the head of a chute above the mill. The site's tramway formation includes a substantial cutting and embankment, and a well defined chute impression extending about 500 metres down the mountain.
How is it significant?
Barbour's tramway and log chute is of historical and scientific significance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
Barbour's tramway and log chute is historically and scientifically important as an early, well preserved and innovative response to the challenge of moving logs over steep terrain. The logging system is a rare example in Victoria of a tramway used in combination with a log chute. The site incorporates the oldest known log chute in Victoria and one of the oldest extant sections of tramway in Victoria.
Robert Barbour erected the ‘Black Forest Saw Mill’ in 1856. He constructed a tramway on the Mount Macedon plateau which brought logs to the head of a chute above the mill. The exact period of operation of the chute and tramway is not known, but it is likely to parallel that of the sawmill. The date of closure is not known.
General Conditions: 1. All exempted alterations are to be planned and carried out in a manner which prevents damage to the fabric of the registered place or object.General Conditions: 2. Should it become apparent during further inspection or the carrying out of alterations that original or previously hidden or inaccessible details of the place or object are revealed which relate to the significance of the place or object, then the exemption covering such alteration shall cease and the Executive Director shall be notified as soon as possible.General Conditions: 3. If there is a conservation policy and plan approved by the Executive Director, all works shall be in accordance with it.General Conditions: 4. Nothing in this declaration prevents the Executive Director from amending or rescinding all or any of the permit exemptions.General Conditions: 5. Nothing in this declaration exempts owners or their agents from the responsibility to seek relevant planning or building permits from the responsible authority where applicable.
* Preliminary Mineral Exploration work
* Fire suppression duties
* Weed and vermin control
* Public safety
* Rehabilitation, protective and stabilisation works
* Information signage - for interpretation and prevention of public risk