Posted by: Ian | 30 August, 2010

Lilyvale – The Almost Forgotten. Part 2

Lilyvale – The Almost Forgotten. Part 2

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  1. I enjoyed reading your notes on Lilyvale. I visited relatives there about 45 years ago, but knew nothing about the town or the area.

    Thank you.

  2. Well done with the site. I would like to know when did logging actually commence in the upper Hacking River valley and did it predate the railway line and the coal mines? Were logs/flitches (cedar, turpentine) transported out of the valley by rail to Sydney or were they used exclusively for the purposes of the mine? I have been told that logs were hauled to Simpson’s Wharf at Bundeena at some stage, and barged from there to Port Jackson, but I can’t see the point of this unless it was pre railway line. I’d be interested in your comments on this, Black Diamond.

  3. Hi Juxtaposer

    Timber logging is almost certain to have pre-dated the opening of railway line on the 3rd October 1888. The lure of such attractive timbers would have been irresistible to early settlers of the area. Although, with no main transportation in the area, production was more than likely very low volume. (this is just my speculation however).

    There are records of the Coal Cliff Land and Coal Mining Company, being provisioned a siding at Lilyvale on the 30th October 1900. This was used for the loading and transporting of local timbers and was named Saywell’s Siding; later to be renamed Vickery’s Siding.

    I hope this helps. Do a bit of research on Ebenezer Vickery, might reveal some interesting information. Please let me know what you uncover.

  4. Growing up in the 90’s, my best mates grandfather owned the Lilyvale property along the rail network near Helensburgh and used it as a pig farm.
    I spent so much time down there. Exploring old unused rail tunnels etc etc, until his grandfather passed and his father took over. Removing all the pigs and allowing grass and trees to come back.
    Thanks for all the extra info on the area.

    • You’re welcome Mark. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Well done on your site, the info on Lilyvale is facinating and paints a rich history of an area that would be otherwise lost. I came across it while looking for info on the old rail line and read each of your posts with great interest.
    I grew up in the Sutherland Shire and as a child in the 70’s and early 80’s, made many trips south on the train (and sometimes by car) to go bushwalking with my parents around the Helensburgh/Otford area.
    I look forward to reading part 3.

    • Hello Penny

      Thank you for the kind comments.

      I believe Lilyvale to be a very interesting area because of its past. With it now being almost non-existent in terms of people and infrastructure, makes Lilyvale even more interesting.

  6. Hello
    I used to get off the train at Lilyvale along with other scouts and various bush walkers back in the 70’s. Don’t recall anyone else ever using the station, which was just two platforms and an over head bridge.As I recall you had to let the train guard know you wanted to stop at Lilyvale, most people where heading over the ridge to go through the squeeze-way to Palm Jungle,Burning Palms or Era

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