Convict Trail

7. The Timber Industry

After the closure of the penal settlement in 1877, Norfolk Bay became Taranna. Taking advantage of virgin forests in the surrounding hills sawmills, large and small, were built on the waterfront and in the bush. Serviced by tramways using ‘log locos’ the timber from these mills was transported to the local jetty. Ships called to freight the piles and squared beams to mainland Australia and England. There is a museum here with a working sawmill.