Denmark's timber mill closes
The West Australian, October 7, 1904 - The timber industry - Denmark mill closed
Work ceased at Denmark on Friday. The mill was employed as usual till the afternoon, when all the men were paid. Some concern is felt locally on this account owing to the likelihood of the railway service being discontinued, if the line itself is not dismantled. In the event of the latter proving the case a great blow will be delivered to many settlers in the district, who have mainly relied on this connection for their traffic with the town.
People in the vicinity of Grasmere, Torbay and Marbellup have mostly depended on Millar's trains and the service moreover, has permitted the fishing industry at Wilson's Inlet to reach important proportions. Indeed, the small fish demand on the Goldfields is supplied from Denmark almost entirely and it is stated that apart from what is paid to the timber combine something like £1,200 has been derived annually in freight for the carriage of this fish to Kalgoorlie.
Should the line be taken up there will be good reason to fear a discontinuance of the trade. There is a combined movement on foot to induce the government to acquire the railway and as a means to that end a public meeting is talked of. Millar Brothers of Denmark’s holdings comprises of 20,000 acres of freehold land, which was bought from the West Australian Land Company.
The timber on it has been practically exhausted, but beyond, towards Deep River, there is good country still, which would pay to work. It is thought that the government might procure both the line and the company's 20,000 acres of freehold by giving an equivalent in timber country. If the concession were given at Deep River, it would occasion the construction of an additional 30 or 40 miles of railway by the company and the old section would earn good revenue for years to come from the timber passing over it.
And then, besides, the partially cleared country could be thrown open to close settlement, a condition the extreme richness of the land amply justifies. Much more will doubtless be heard of this question before long.