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Woodlines of Western Australia: A comprehensive history of the Goldfields woodlines
by Phil Bianchi
When reading the history of gold in WA, we hear of rich gold finds, deep mines, ounces of gold per ton, lucrative profits and booming towns with numerous hotels, breweries, stock exchanges and newspapers. None of this would have been possible without firewood, a cheap source of energy, to fuel steam boilers and gas producers for lighting, pumping and ore treatment.
Woodcutters, mostly from southern Europe, came to Australia seeking a better life, taking whatever work was available; many lived and worked on the woodlines. This book ensures that the legacy of woodline workers and their families is remembered.