From the Maitland Mercury report:
Dr McDonald’s research led her on the elephant trail which was part of life circa 1918 when the elephants were used to cart the timber around the old Pender and Foster Sawmill at Pitnacree.
“The elephants were used to move the timber around and people actually remember seeing the elephants walking through East Maitland on a Saturday morning going for a drink,” Dr McDonald said. “The things you find are just amazing.” Research for the book included interviews with many people across the district.
Full article by Emma Swain available at Maitland Mercury, 14 Oct, 2011.