AUCKLAND STEAM BUCKET, TUB, AND CHAIR FACTORY.
For many reasons this is an establishment to which we iefer with pecular satisfaction. Its erection was the first, real effort made to supply the want of a useful manufacture of New Zealand produce fitted for an export trade. Ephemeral schemes had hitherto been undertaken, and failed m achieving any good result ; and even at this day, although the government propose to pay a handsome rewaid for the construction of machinery to manufacture our indigenous flax, the most pel feet piece of mechanism will be in vain to create a Supply of the fibre. If the rewaid in question be ever awaided, it will be so much useful capital hopelessly wasted on a toy, which might have been much better used. But in our forests there is an. all but exhaustless supply of the most valuable woods. There is wealth for the development; and we rejoice that we liave in this community men who, shaking themselves free from the depressing influence of govermental patronage and assistance, have set themselves energetically to work to develope our timber trade. Among these men Mr. Bleazard, the proprietor of the Auckland Rteam Bucket, Tub, and Chair Factoiy, deservedly takes a first place. To him is due the creation of an article of manufacture fitted to compete with any similar article in the markets of the woild. Those who have seen the New Zealand buckets, which were in the market some months ago, need not be told how creditably they were turned ,out ; and the fact that with the exception of the steam engine and boiler^ and circular saws, all the fixed and running 1 machinery was made on the premises at Mount Eden, by Mr. Bleazard and his skilful engineer, Mr. Jones, added to the satisfaction with which tb.py were received. The history of this establishment is rather remark" able, however. On November 19th, 1861, we announced the opening of the Factory, and detailed the process of manufacture, and the difficulties that had been overcome by the skill and labour of the two gentlemen named: A short time after that period the buckets came into the market, and were eagerly sought for as decidedly preferable to the American buckets to which we had been so long accustomed. They w«e cleaner and , better finished, without paint in the inside, and handsomely hooped *nd varnished on the outside. The varnish was manufactured by a peculiar process known only to Mr. Bleazard, from Kauri gum, thus adding to the value of the buckets as articles of New Zealand manufacture. But the spirited proprietor of this infant business was not long to enjoy the fruits of his industry. Misfortune, which tries men, was to overtake him, and develope those sterb'ng qualities which distinguish the man of action' and intelligent self-reliancefrom the mere creatme of circumstance. Starting ou November 19th, 1861, or. thereabouts, the Factory was kept more than j busy executing orders for Auckland customers up to the night of March 12th, 1862. On the morning of March 13th, Mr. Bleazard was awoke from his sleep to find the Factory in flames, and the machinery whioh he had created with so much skill and outlay hopelessly destroyed. . Everything in 'the Factory waa burned or rendered valueless except the steam-engine and boiler. The stack of seasoned timber, and the staves and blocks in process of manufacture, \vsre burned; and the lathe,' by means, of which so rnuch, had been, rattle, was like-, wise destroyed. To crown the evil, the .Factory was not insured/-' *■ ' < ■ •.i,i 111 1 • , | ' Now, 'after such.' a calamity,' many men! -would have, folded' tKeiriarins and looked uppn themselves as monuments, of misfortune ; others would h^ye directed their attention to something else, and thought no more of, turning-- our indigenous woods to account in 'the same way.' ' But not so witli Air. BJeazanL The day 'after the fire'he was busy at work, contriving the recreation' of his plant and Factory : and on the 13th. of June, juat three months ''after the burning, the machinery was started in the new establishment. We visited the new Factory yesterday, and were 'greatly 'pleased with what baa already been done. The site is on a. line wjtji the ojd Factory, but on moie ej,6.vated groundj.antUs decidedly easier df access. , Jt may be rfeen from the Mount Eden and Karangahape loads. The new Factory is considerably larger than the
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'(, Mi . it wfhieb, will wear o\it without spotting,,, v Thia lntproys:, ment'ia the material,. v?«d r will tell in. favour of.tiiio 1 Auckland buckets in 1 the neighbouring coloniei; ( .'i 'n> "Bfltthe' manufacture is in its infaficyi ''TMtrkdelrf Capable of' great extepsionj and we' are 'in 1 * pVsition to sta^e ( tti,at , Btep^h^ave .already been tak,en to extenc^ it far b&yond its present proportions., H iQideip hwe g9^e^ to England for i a pair of 20rkorso.. boilers and a pair of 12-horse' 'engitiesJ and dtttheW af rival; machinery in proportion' to 'the tjrivin^'poWer'will be' erected. J Up' to this pime the orders receive^ point J6ut ihe,principj^ direction jn whicl), she man ufa,Qtui;e ,will extend,,,; Uesides xhe larga order' for h*Ui seats alrendjii mentioned/ Messrs. Seceombe 'and 'Son, df the Great ' Northenk ferewery ( , ! ETybet-pdss I'oad/'h'aye' gfi/etf' orders 'flji storage casks and^ ( to hold upwards of 60,0bd gallons ; and the.machinery to execute jbhis lwge ordej is now being made. Inasmuch as 'kauri will in future be the chief wood used at this ' Factory it may easily- be perceived that' the consumption of that depcriptioji of timber must be .considerably increased^ Already TMtr. Bleazard has contracted for I,QOQ tons, which.is calcu; lated to last from 12 to 18 months ; * but it is evident that with a imore rapid 'extension' of the/ business thii supply will bfe inadequate. ' A home market is thus created .for our Auckland timber on which no one speculated twelve months , since. lj; ;In . addition, to the manufacture of buckets— tujja, butter kegs, *nd churns, will be turned out on an- extensile _, scale, and every exertion will be ma.de to, supplant similar .American manufactured articles in pur colonial markets. A branch will,also be set apart for, the manufacture of chairs, for which purpose^the-lighter kinds of New Zenland woods are so well adapted. The lower story of the building is exclunivply devoted to the machinery ; the upper story will, be used aa. ft paint and- fmisbing rooni, and, also, for packing the goods, previous to delivery, i ..,!.* „ • For the last fourteen 'months Mr, JBlenzwd has had tWo Gornish miners employed sinking a well for water 1 , and after penetrating to the depth' of 95 f<iet through a solid lock, water in plentiful supply ,w«s found on the clay stratum on which the lava had been piled. The miners, Messrs. Dxbin- and James, deserve mention for their untiring labour ia cutting through the hard concrete lava. ,In a country like this, -where work is, plenjaful and wages good, it js rare to fin.d men so steady at an unpleasant and apparently hopeless task. ' • , In conclusion we should say 'that the present structure was built by Mr. JBleazard, while Mr, Jones .was working at the powerful iroa turning lathe placed at their disposal by Messrs. Thornton, Smith, *nd Firth. Indeed it is not too much to add that but for the kindness of this firm the Steam Bucket, Tub, and phair Factory could not have been,opened for. many months to come. However, it is a proof of what one willing and skilful machinist can do in *. few weeks, when hii heart is in his work ; and this second building and furnishing of the new Factory ought to be z lesson to those on whom the public at the present time depend for the construction, of buidings and erection of machinery. Mr. Bleazard was not .disheartened in hit undertaking by those causeless delays »nd purposeless excuses to ■which most business men are now accustomed. He enjoyed the sympathy of, his fellow-colonists, and through the kindness and assistance of * few of them, he has attained in three months,; to a degree of excellence superior to his first undertaking. It is to such men we look for giving the key-note of colonial progress ; and they are sure to distance competition, in whatever line of business they undertake.