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inside the main workshop, major features of the image are a self-propelled steam tractor, a steam locomotive, and wheel lathe

The Yarloop Workshops was a railway and timber mill machinery workshop, situated in the town of Yarloop, Western Australia.

The workshops operated from 1901 to 1978. Originally built by Charles and Edwin Millar[1] on the site of the first timber mill in the area, the operations expanded to become the support facility for Millars' 26 timber mills and the rail network that connected them. The workshops hand-crafted most of the parts necessary to maintain the equipment rather than experience delays in obtaining parts from the United Kingdom. After suffering extensive damage from Cyclone Alby in 1978, Millars moved their operation to a site just outside the town on the South Western Highway. The site then changed ownership a number of times until it was bought by Bunnings in 1983.[2]

On 7 January 2016 the workshop, along with most of the townsite, was destroyed by a bushfire.[3]

HistoryEdit

In 1895 the Millar brothers built a timber mill (?) on the site and as production increased the need to maintain equipment meant that the place was expanded to incorporate the various machinery workshops until 1901 when the site's sole function was for the maintenance of Millars equipment. During both World War I and World War II the workshops were converted to manufacture armaments. In the 1930s the timber industry in the region peaked with Millars operating 26 sawmills and an extensive private railway system to support them. The workshops became the centre of the operations employing in excess of 100 people. The workshops included a foundry making the parts as necessary; as part of this is the largest collection of wooden patterns were made and are still retained on site in the workshops.[4][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Yarloop". Harvey History Online. 14 April 1990. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  2. ^ "History". Yarloop Workshops. Yarloop Workshops Inc. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  3. ^ a b "WA fires: historic Yarloop timber workshops destroyed by Waroona blaze". WA Today. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  4. ^ "REGISTER OF HERITAGE PLACES - ASSESSMENT DOCUMENTATION" (PDF). Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 7 December 2008.

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