A BIG UNDERTAKING.
NEW MILLS NEAR, TAURANGA
A special correspondent, writing from Tauranga, supplies some interesting information concerning the starting of a org sawmilling business in the neighbourhood of that growing town. Some time ago, Messrs. Gammon Brothers, of Hawke's Bay, visited the Bay of Plenty, and were much struck with the immense areas of excellent and valuable timber to be found in many partes of that extensive district. .Ultimately they purchased 5000 acres of timbered lands at Ngawara, from Mr. Allan, of Piako, and about. 12,000 acres of similar lands at Wakamarama, the. latter being bought from private owners through Mr. J. E. Dalton, of Tauranga, who has been the local agent throughout of Messrs. Gammon. The Ngawara property is situated about 20 miles from the coast, Wakamarama about 14 miles. On both estates the timber includes rimu, totara, white (line,- and matai. The present estimate is that not less than 90,000,000 ft is available, and as the number of employees will be about 500. the undertaking will require probably 12 years for its completion. A sawmill will be erected at each place: indeed, the work of introducing machinery and all necessary adjuncts is already well advanced.
The means of public transport in the districts mentioned are, as yet, in a condition which is far removed from that of perfection, but Messrs. Gammon Brothers have successfully arranged for overcoming all natural obstacles and difficulties. From the Ngawara mill nine miles of tram will be laid to the river Waimapu, and from the Wakamarama mill a tramline will likewise be laid, but to the Wairoa River. Both rivers flow intr> the Tauranga Harbour. The. sawn timber from the riverside will be conveyed to Tauranga. by scows. At the latter town large joinery works will be established, for the production of door.;, window sashes, and other requisites for house building.
Messrs. Gammon's business will be by far the largest of its kind near the Boy of Plenty, and its commencement is looked forward to in this district with lively satisfaction. The firm has brought, and is .'ill bringing, employees from its Hawke's Hay mills, but it. is exported that large numl •=; of new hands will be. taken on at all of the three now mills. The sawmilling. it i; expected, will begin almost immediately.
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