The Forests of Warburton - a Pictorial Heritage - 1853 to 2012

1903 to 1907- Robinson's Mill No. 1

1853 - Beginnings
1885 to present day - Dee Valley Mills
1889 to 1919 - Mills in the Wesburn and Old Warburton area
1890 - Roads to the Forests
1901 to 1964 - The Warburton Railway
1902 to 1906 - Anderson's Mill
1902 to 1939 - East Warburton and Onwards
1903 to 1907- Robinson's Mill No. 1
1905 to 1949 - Tramways of the Mills
1905 to 1928 - Parbury's Brookfield Mill
1906 - Wondwondah Estate and the Adventist Church
1907 to 1913 - Richards Mill
1907 to 1922 - Robinson's Mill No. 1
1908 to 1922 - Robinson's No 2 Mill (Cement Creek)
1909 to 1916 - Hermon's Mill (La La Estate)
1909 to 1949 - The Warburton Steam Railway
1911 to 1915 -The O'Shannassy Aqueduct and Weir
1915 to 1973 - Brimbonga Seasoning Works - East Warburton
1918 to 1925 - Sunnydale Mill, East Warburton
1919 to 1920 - Slocum and Walker's Mill
1920 - From the Bush to the Bungalow
1922 to 1932 - Enterprise Mill (La La)
1925 - Family Snow Trip to Mt Donna Buang
1932 to 1937 - Horner's Mill
1938 to 2000 - Tuckman's Mills
1950 - Welcome Back to Warburton
The Donna Buang Range
The Author's Personal Websites

Site of Robinson's Wonwondah Mill

1906 - Wonwondah Bridge

Robinson’s  Wonwondah Mill – 1903 to 1907 

One of the first sawmills built in the Warburton area was constructed in 1903 by Edmond Andrew Robinson, James Duncan, and a Mr. Munro.

This was located on the Yarra, immediately south of the present-day “Signs” Bridge and near the present-day Warburton Caravan Park.

It was on the huge 350 acre Wonwondah property, owned by Mssrs Thomson  and Blunden.

The Mill was connected to the Warburton station by a three-foot gauge tramway. This was to be the first tramway to be built into the station yard.


This tramway travelled along the south side of the road through La La, then took a winding route on a ledge cut into the mountainside to reach the station yard.


The licence allowed logs to be taken from the slopes of Mts Victoria and Donna Buang, which were transported to the mill by a tramway, which crossed the Yarra over the Wonwondah Bridge, which at the time was privately owned by Mssrs Thomson and Blunden. The present-day Signs Bridge replaced the old Wonwondah Bridge in 1936.

This tramway followed, in part, the current-day route of the road to Mt Donna Buang, then next to what is now Yuonga Rd, then continued up the side of Mt Victoria.  The large clearing adjacent to the present day Yuonga Rd car park at the O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail entry point marks the location over which the tramway passed.


The tramway continued up the mountain, and its alignment follows the present-day “Yuonga Walking Track” to a junction known as “The Bump”, linking with other tramways. This Track, in Freehold Land,  is now heavily overgrown, and is virtually impassable.


This Mill closed in 1907.

Notes: The name "Wonwondah" is an Anglicised form of an Aboriginal term "Won Won Da", meaning "Meeting of the tribes".

The name "Yuonga" also has an Aboriginal origin, meaning "Kangaroo". In the present context, it is the name of  the Parish, which abuts the Warburton Parish

See the Special Chapter in this Study titled "The Wonwondah Estate" for further information!

Bump engine

1960 - Students of Camberwell High School inspecting Railway remains in the Camping Park

1940 - Camping Park

1940 - Camping Park

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