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The mystery of the Maryvale timber sleepers

Maryvale timber sleeper
31 January 2017

The City of Busselton is calling on Western Australians to help solve a mystery.

As part of Busselton’s foreshore redevelopment, the City has nearly completed Railway House which will feature an interpretative area showcasing the history of the Busselton timber industry, a new Visitors Centre and Busselton Jetty Train maintenance tunnel and administration centre. The Interpretive Centre will also include timber equipment and the restored Ballaarat Steam Engine, which serviced the timber mills in Busselton going back to the days of colonisation.

Jacquie Happ the City of Busselton’s Cultural Development Officer is asking the public if they are able to identify timber sleepers that were found in Maryvale by Peter Batts of the Department of Parks and Wildlife prior to the area being harvested.  

“The sleepers are hand-hewn and probably rejects that were left so long they were covered in moss when they were found,” Jacquie said.

“We have stored them away to be put on display but need a bit more information about who cut them.”

“There is a code on the side of the sleepers which might be tracked to who made them and by area.”

“We are also looking for old timber cutting equipment such as a maul, wedges, broad axe and maybe a cross saw to be displayed.”

Please contact Jacquie Happ on (08) 9781 0335 or jacquie.happ@busselton.wa.gov.au if you are able to help with identifying the timber sleepers or donating old timber cutting equipment for display.