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.