Keenans No 1 Mill
In 1961 Aub McEvoy, who was working for the Forests Department, built
Keenans No 1 Mill and was the first pine sawmill in Margaret River. The mill only operated until 1967 when
another larger mill was built further up the hill. That mill , Keenans No 2 mill, is now known as
Wharncliffe Mill Forest Camp.
The only remnants of the mill is the round chimney. The bricks were actually curved especially to
make the chimney and is one of the last examples of curved chimneys in Western Australia.
It was common for mills in those days to burn off excess saw dust and timber cut offs in large pits
but this always posed a great fire risk. The round chimney alleviated those dangers.