Couple logs up years on book

FOR the past three years, Kyogle couple Doug and Pam Campbell have worked six and sometimes seven days a week compiling a history of the timber industry in the Kyogle Shire.

Together with friend Elaine McLean, they have toiled from 10 in the morning to midnight cataloguing photos and putting together the stories of 60 men and women involved in the sawmilling industry, as well as short histories of timber companies Munro and Lever, Duncan's, Ford Timbers, and the Roseberry and Green Pigeon mills.

The end result is a 440-page book titled Ramblings of the Timber Industry, which will be launched at a reunion of timber industry workers at Kyogle on Saturday.

“The book started out as a history of the timber industry in the Kyogle Shire, but it spread further than that as people moved around and worked in other places, or bought sawmills elsewhere, like Duncan's and Munro and Lever,” Mr Campbell said.

While the book was three years in the making, it had been a dream of Mr Campbell for more than 30 years. “It's been my passion to write a book like this for well over 30 years, probably closer to 40 years,” he said.

Mr Campbell happily admits that the book took over his and his wife's lives for the past two years, but knowing they were able to record the history of so many of the industry's characters made it all worthwhile.

“In some respects we were a few years too late, as many of the real old characters have gone,” he said.

The book will be launched at the Kyogle Memorial Institute by one of the characters featured in the book – Jim Muldoon, of Grafton.

It will be available for purchase at the timber workers' reunion and after the reunion at the Kyogle Historical Society, the Kyogle Tourist Information Centre, the Kyogle Newsagency and the Little Book Shop in Keen Street, Lismore. It will sell for $120.



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