Skip to main content

Please be advised: this website contains the names, images and voices of people who are now deceased.

Collections WA has a responsibility to preserve and make accessible the history and culture of Western Australia in all its various forms. The intention of Collections WA is to support research, and to reveal actions of the past that have impacted upon communities, families, and individuals.

In doing so, Collections WA acknowledges the need to respond sensitively and appropriately in cases when accessing this material may be confronting to Aboriginal visitors and clients.

Please also note: Some historical materials within this portal may include language or opinions that today are considered inappropriate or even offensive. Collections WA does not endorse this language and apologises for any distress caused.

If you wish to provide feedback on the Collections WA portal, please email contact@collectionswa.net.au.

Roy Britten and the Twin Saw Bunnings Mill Donnelly River

1950
Overview

photo

Historical information

Due to the larger size karri timber in the forest, the mill was designed to be equipped with heavier equipment capable of handling the larger karri with logs up to 2.5m in diameter. To enable the large logs to be cut in a single pass, the mill was fitted with a large “twin saw”.

The twin saw was designed to make the first cut of the logs, creating flitches that were distributed to the various bench saws by way of the powered rollers.

The twin saw operator had the task of assessing each log and determining the first breaking down cuts to ensure the maximum amount of timber yield and the isolation of defective sections of the logs, and also consider the order in hand. The first log cut was the responsibility of the “spotter” or twin sawyer operating the twin saw, one of the most important tasks of saw milling at the mill.

Photo L to R: Roy Britten first mill manager of the Bunning mill at Donnelly River with mill worker Les Robinson.

Details

Details

Registration number
cwa-org-21-Photo.9.867
Item type
Contextual Information

Formed part of the Bunning Mill timber mill operation when it was operating from 1950 to 30th June 1978.

Keywords
Twin Saw
Donnelly River
Bunning Mill
Roy Britten
Les Robinson
Country
Australia
State
Western Australia
Town/Shire
Donnelly River, Shire of Nannup
Year
1950
Primary significance criteria
Historic significance
Friends of Donnelly Village Inc (FODV)

Friends of Donnelly Village Inc (FODV)

Organisation Details
View Collection