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Elanda Point is an historic timber town, on the western shores of freshwater Lake Cootharaba, in the Noosa North Shore area. Noosa is 100 miles (160 km) north of Brisbane. The lake is shallow, & less than 2 metres depth at its deepest point. The Pacific Ocean lies beyond the sand dunes in the distance.

The trees are called 'paperbark' on account of the bark peeling away easily, like strips of paper. Sometimes also called 'Melaleuca'.

"One of the worst tragedies of the area occured on a chilly winter's morning on 29th July, 1873, when some workers were warming themselves around the boiler. The men noticed the boiler plates beginning to bulge but were unable to get clear before the boiler exploded, killing five men. The five bodies were taken by horse drawn tram to the old cemetery two kilometers north of Mill Point where their bodies still lay today. After the 1893 flood, and the establishment of other mills in the area, the sawmill lost its usefulness, and both it and the settlement disappeared." The solitary pylon in the lake, is all that remains of the pier.

More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paperbark

This is a link to UQ

http://www.elanda.com.au/mill.htm

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