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4 Sawmilling operations commenced on Wednesday last at Mr F. Hall's newlyerected!'millat Matawai. With the opening of the mill there is the unostenvtatioua, initiation of an industry which, with the extension of railway facilities towards Motu, will play an important part m the development of the resources of the district. Tne timber areas of the Dominion are running gut, and experienced sawmillers are turning their attention to the Motu district as one of the remaining timber localities still unmilled. '. Mr Hall has installed a mill capable of turning out 10,000 feet per day. A portion of the plant has been shifted up from Tapuihikitea. The breakingr down plant comprises twin saws capable of dealing with logs 6ft m diameter, fitted with an. up-to-date travelling bench. When broken down the timber logs pass on to two breast benches, conveniently arranged to save unnecessary handling. The sawdust is being taken away from the three saw benches by water carriage. A planing machine has also been installed, whilst a Robertson four-side moulding machine, one of the finest machines of the kind made, is expected to arrive from England m a month's time. A log-hauler is also being manufactured at Napier, and should come to hand about the satne time. A short tramway has been laid down into the timber bush a few chains away. The mill, of which Mr J. Drummond is manager, is situated about a mile from the Bite of the Matawai railway station ,and is, m fact, only about two chains from the line, justr across the riVer. Milling operations are being commenced on Mr Maxwell's property. Mr Drummond declares that the bush comprises some of the finest timber m New Zealand, an ' opinion fully borne out by, otherj experts. It is a mountain timber}' -of ' excellent quality. ' It comprises some mixed timber, chiefly rimu and matai. It is hoped to' keep the mill going at half i^s -full output until such time as the railway reaches Rakauroa, when the mill will be m a position to effectively supply the town market. Mr Hall contemplates installing another mill, capable of turning out 20,000 feet per day (double the capacity of the present plant) early m the ' coming -spring. Plans are to be prepared for one of the most complete mills m the Dominion. This mill will he erected about- two miles further along the mill road, and right alongside the railway line.

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SAWMILLING INDUSTRY., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXVII, Issue 12420, 1 April 1911

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SAWMILLING INDUSTRY. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXVII, Issue 12420, 1 April 1911

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