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In the month of October last we published some account of a visit paid by our reporter to Mr F. Mayo’s hope mills, at Hampstead near Trevorton. Since that time Mr Mayo, whose enterprise is to be commended, has made considerable additions to his premises, and introduced machinery of the best kind procurable in London for the conversion of his raw material —bones— into fertilising dust. The demand was was so great during the last season for this latter commodity that Mr Mayo found himself quite unable to keep pace with it. He could but turn out half a ton of stuff per diem, and, in common parlance, it took him “ all his time ”to do that. But now, with the improved appliances to hand, he can “ put through the mill ” a couple of tons of bones a day with ease, and he is already preparing considerable quantities of dust to meet the expected requirements of his customers, whose orders will very shortly now be flowing in. One very noticeable improvement lately effected at the mills has been the erection of a shaft running from the foot of the disintegrator (one of Carter’s well-known London machines, specially imported) through the rear wall near the roof. This shaft carries off the impalpable powder that the at mosphere was formerly surcharged with, and enables the hands to breathe freely while at their work; it also considerably reduces the effluvia arising from the bones undergoing- the grinding process. Mr Mayo now receives consignments of bones from all parts of the colony; a quantity have just reached him from Timaru, which he is instructed to crush “on owner’s account,” and return to him in the shape of powder. The dust prepared at the mills is now of a much finer quality than formerly, and the quality is a uniform one, some tons of the stuff just prepared being almost as fine as flour. For some time considerable difficulty was experienced by Mr Mayo in obtaining sufficient bones. Like Oliver Twist, he was “ always asking for more,” but now people are beginning to awake to the fact that it is better to “ send grist to the mill ” in the shape of surplus bones than allow them to go to waste. Even children frequently bring bones to the mill for sale, often receiving six or seven shillings for a load they have collected here and there. Mr Mayo utilises his superfluous steam in running a corn crusher, and is prepared to crush oats, peas or wheat for the farmers. If the demand for bone-dust increases as during the coming season as it did during the last one, Mr Mayo will certainly have to make still further additions to his plant and premises. The Hamstead Bone Mills establishment we regard as one of the most useful local industries in the place. ■■■

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THE HAMPSTEAD BONE MILLS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 670, 23 June 1882

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THE HAMPSTEAD BONE MILLS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 670, 23 June 1882