Mu­seum mo­ment from Ta­panui

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out­put to Moa Flat and con­tin­ued op­er­a­tions un­til the bush was worked out.

Manse Bush was largely a birch for­est, now des­ig­nated sil­ver birch - a very large por­tion of which was de­stroyed by fire about 1900.

Near Manse Bush John McFarlane had a mill to work the Wooded Hill tim­ber, west of the Crook­ston Road.

At Black Gully a syn­di­cate put in a mill to cut beech, just un­der the high­est peak of the Blue Moun­tains.

The small patch of milling tim­ber was soon ex­hausted and the mill closed, the old site be­ing now a favoured re­sort of pic­nick­ers and campers.

The ‘‘Vic­to­ria’’ sawmilling plant owned by Messrs Her­bert, Howat and Co was gen­er­ally known as the ‘‘Big Mill’’.

It started op­er­a­tions in 1869 and con­tin­ued un­til the early eight­ies when the bush was ex­hausted by fire and axe.

In eight years the sawmilling in­dus­try had grown tremen­dously till in 1870 the three prin­ci­pal mills were ca­pa­ble of turn­ing out 100,000 feet per week.

This in­dus­try was a large one for twenty years, but the short­age of bush caused its deca­dence.

The last sawmill to op­er­ate in the Blue Moun­tains area was lo­cated at John O’Groats on the Ron­ga­here side, and it ceased to func­tion about the 1914-1918 war. Near Glenkenich Rail­way Sta­tion (Three miles from Ta­panui at the Junc­tion of the Gore-Waipahi Roads) W.T. McFarlane de­sires to in­ti­mate to builders, farm­ers, min­ers and oth­ers that he is now pre­pared to sup­ply first-class tim­ber of the best qual­ity in

White, Black and red pine at cur­rent rates. Black Pine in bridge lengths. Dressed white and Red Pine. Floor­ing and Weather boards and ev­ery class tim­ber used by the trades, also Black

Pine sleep­ers, Posts Props etc. Fenc­ing Tim­ber bored to any gauge by ma­chin­ery. Inspection of the new mills in­vited.

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McFarlane’s sawmill at Ta­panui.

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