EARLY DAYS: Sawmill workers at Moleton, west of Glenreagh, c. 1930s were part of the rich history of the north coast timber industry celebrated tomorrow at the Glenreagh Timber Festival. Mill owner Joseph Reid (centre) is smoking a pipe. Photo: Contributed
EARLY DAYS: Sawmill workers at Moleton, west of Glenreagh, c. 1930s were part of the rich history of the north coast timber industry celebrated tomorrow at the Glenreagh Timber Festival. Mill owner Joseph Reid (centre) is smoking a pipe. Photo: Contributed

Historic town of Moleton brought to life at Timber Festival

MOLETON may have disappeared from the map, but for a brief time in history the little town to the west of Glenreagh was a thriving hub of activity based around the timber mill.

This weekend, Moleton and the history of the timber industry on the north coast will be remembered when Glenn Reid shows off his collection of old photos at the Glenreagh Timber Festival.

Mr Reid's great-great-grandfather Joseph Reid established the mill in 1925 and operated it until 1947 before he sold it to Hudson's. Back then, there was a tennis court, a school and a shop.

The railway line ran through the town to take the timber to Sydney - some of which ended up in the Pyrmont Bridge.

But when the mill burnt to the ground in 1953, Moleton lost its only industry and people soon moved on.

The story of Moleton and his family's connection to the timber industry is one of many Mr Reid will share tomorrow at the Glenreagh Timber Festival.

Mr Reid said the festival gets larger each year.

"Last year there was a traffic jam to get into town," he said.



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