Keppie's sawmill at Paterson
According to a 1904 newspaper article ... There is an old sawmill on the banks of the river at Paterson, and one of the daily spectacles in the town are teams of bullocks drawing huge logs down the hill to it. I was informed that a good number of men are employed in the district in connection with the timber industry. They are chiefly cutters and drawers. The valley and the ranges which surround it are set with abundance of ironbark, stringybark, pine, and red and spotted gums.
Keppie's sawmill at Paterson about 1909, with the rail bridge under construction behind it (photo: Paterson Historical Society).
In late 1912 the fire-damaged sawmill was purchased by Messrs R Sims & Son, A Ebbeck and C Bridge, with the intention of improving and expanding the plant. We don't know exactly when the sawmill finally shut.
Keppie's sawmill with bullock teams passing by on 'low road' north (Commercial Road) (photo: Paterson Historical Society).