Stanley Cordwell

New book tells the story of Boyer and the peg factory

THERE was a time when New Norfolk was making more than a million wooden clothes pegs for Australia every week, and for nearly 80 years we have produced most of the paper needed for the nation’s newspapers.

The early history of both of those industries is told in Boyer and the Peg Factory, the latest book from the New Norfolk Historical Information Centre. The work has been compiled by Stan Cordwell, of Lachlan, based on news cuttings saved by the late Rita Cox, and contemporary photos taken by the late Joe Cowburn while Boyer was being built in the late 1930s.

Forming part of the Derwent Valley from Federation to Millennium series, the book is available exclusively from the New Norfolk Newsagency. It is well-timed, with Boyer due to celebrate 80 years of newsprint production early next year. The book has 114 pages and is extensively illustrated, with many of the images being published for the first time.


  1. I worked at the Boyer mill. Started in 1962 in the research department and then filled many positions at Boyer before having the task with Allan Cox of procuring the equipment and helping the design and start up of the Albury mill. I have many wonderful memories of those years.
    Noel Greenslade

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