The members of the Royal Western Australia Historical Society and its affiliated members across the state convey their profound sympathies to the residents of Yarloop on the tragic loss of lives, their homes and their historical built environment.
The destruction by fire of the township and the Millar Company timber sheds, which were steeped in the timber history of the South West, is a devastating loss to the history of this State. We commend the work of the volunteers of Yarloop who dedicated themselves over many years to the restoration of the sheds and the working machinery of the company. This was greatly appreciated by visitors and benefited tourism in this state. It is an irrreplacable loss of industrial heritage that will be mourned but long remembered.
We send our heartfelt sympathies to those who have lost the traces of their lives and precious memories and admire the communal spirit so evident in recent days.
Sally Ann Hasluck, President, Royal Western Australia Historical Society
First published in the West Australian Newspaper, 22 January 2016.