Workers posing for the photographer at the Brownlee Sawmill at Blackball around 1906. In 1912 The Commissioner of Crown Lands Blenheim (Mr W.H. Skinner) reported on the sawmilling operations as follows (abridged) ; "Messrs Brownlee & Co two mills at Timitanga (Carluke) and Blackball being responsible for 6,000,000 feet. They employ about 120 men and export the greater part of their output to Lyttelton (Editors note; from 1877 this was the main port of the Canterbury - Christchurch area in the South Island). The milling area held by this frim will be cut out in about 3 years."
Brownlee Sawmill At Blackball Havelock
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Brownlees Mill Blackball 1906. Front arms folded 2nd left felt hat - Nicholl
Photographer:James Raglan Akersten