It is with deep regret that we advise members that Bill Boyd has passed away. Born in 1935 in Wauchope.  Bill was honoured with an OAM  in 2011 for his service to the community as a traditional woodcraft artisan and to conservation. If anyone has memories of Bill they would like to share please contact Pauline Downing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and they will be included in a special rememberance to Bill in the next newsletter.  

Relatives and friends of Bill are respectfully invited to attend a celebration of his life to be held on Thursday 20th May on the grounds of the Herons Creek Chapel commencing at 2pm. Burial to follow in the Herons Creek Cemetery.

Please see the link to UTube below to view a wonderful video on the restoration of Coolamine Homestead which features axemen Bill Boyd and Mark Garner. Bill regarded this restoration as his proudest achievement.

Thanks to the Camden Haven Courier story- Axeman earns an OAM-11/2/2011-  for additional information.


Artisans of Australia: Timbercraft

Made by Film Australia 1984. Directed by Paul Humfress. A detailed look at the restoration of the Coolamine Homestead in the Kosciuszko National Park. The building, constructed in 1883, is a very good example of a drop slab alpine ash timber hut. The process of restoration is explained in detail, including choosing the right tree, using the tools and what were once standard bush skills. The program features axemen Bill Boyd and Mark Garner who, like their families before them, have worked in the bush all their lives.

Link to Youtube Video 18 Minutes