Monto milling man's memories on show for all to see and enjoy

HISTORY: Roy Tate and Ray Robinson at the unveiling of the Bill Schluter collection.
HISTORY: Roy Tate and Ray Robinson at the unveiling of the Bill Schluter collection. Jack Lawrie

A MONTO man's memories are on display at the Monto Historical Society.

The day after the Dairy Carnival, a collection of Bill Schluter's memorabilia was unveiled.

The late Mr Schluter was described by his former neighbour Roy Tate as a man who "never threw anything away”, and left

his collection of memorabilia to the society before he passed away on June 2 this year.

"I'm sure old Bill would be proud to see a lot of

his photos, books and that set up here in such a way that the men and ladies can honour him,” Mr Tate said.

"His father used to cut timber in Gayndah and he grew into the sawmill industry.”

The Schluter family played a significant role in the Monto timber industry and many of Mr Schluter's artefacts and photos were relics of the era.

They arrived in the area with a sawmill pulled by steam engine in 1926, which passed through many hands until it closed in 2008.

The Schluters also built the mill out at Cania Road, which closed in 2008 and Bill himself took over a mill located 2km south of that near Moonford.

Historical Society secretary Colin List said they wanted to make Bill's memorabilia a collection to remember him by.

Topics:  history monto monto historical society timber

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