Historical information

These plans were used by POW Sawmills, Newmerella, probably owned at the time by Henry's Timber Company. Hec Pow and his father sold the Newmerella mill to Henry Silverberg and Les Grace. The mill is currently owned by Mectec.


Orbost has historically been based on the timber industry, but that industry has declined considerably over the last 20 years. The number of locals involved in the timber industry has declined and many of the mills have closed. This item reflects a time when that industry was a significant contributor to the economy of the district.

Physical description

Eight large plans for various sections of POW's at Newmerella. The plans were drawn up for Bonang Timbers and Bowman.

Inscriptions & markings

2317.2 - on back in pen "REC 24/9/80"
2317.3 - on back in red pen "INCOMPLETE SET OF PLANS" ; sticker with "Shire of Orbost Compulsory Inspection"
2317.5 - "DODD" in red ink (John H. Dodd Pty Ltd)