Photograph, More's Timber Yard; Unknown photographer; 1900-1920; RI.P37.93.502


Photograph, More's Timber Yard

About this object

A black and white photograph taken at More's timber yard.

A handwritten note on the back of the photograph provides the names of the men present, they are as follows:
'S Dryden, D Bailey, J Buchanan, Donaldson, M [illegible], [illegible], M Robinson, Bob Bailey'.

James More and Sons were saw millers in Riverton. James More Snr established the business and took over one of the early sawmills in Riverton. They first had a mill near the present recreation ground, before taking it over the river and milling a block there. Later sawmills of the firm were situated on the Pourakino river. The mills lay six or seven miles back from the river with which they were connected by an iron tramway. The timber was conveyed by a locomotive to the river where they were transported to Riverton in punts towed by a steam launch. Before establishing the sawmilling firm, James More Snr had a varied career working previously as an engineer, a miner, and a station owner before taking up saw milling.

James More Jnr was born in Riverton in 1874 and entered the sawmilling business with his father and brothers, Thomas and later Albert. James became a partner of James More and Sons in 1899 and was the bush manager at the mills. Mores continued to have a large impact on the community well into the 20th century. An article from the Southland Daily News, October 25, 1952 states: 'Indeed it was said at one time, with some truth, that the Mores owned half of Riverton'

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Unknown photographer

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Inscription and Marks

Handwritten in blue ink on the back: 'S Dryden, D Bailey, J Buchanan, Donaldson, M [illegible], [illegible], M Robinson, Bob Bailey timber yard Longwood'
Handwritten in black ink on the back: 'P37.93.502'
Stamped on the back: 'Wallace Early Settlers Museum Riverton'
Yellow sticker on the back: '02/11'


h x 61 mm x w 111 mm



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Subject and Association Keywords

Forestry and Sawmilling

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, paper

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