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Black and white photograph.

From the Collection of Port of Echuca 74 Murray Esplanade Echuca Victoria

Description
A black and white photograph of a large group of men outside a sawmill, reputed to be Macintoshes Sawmill in Echuca East.
Size
H 12.5 cms X W 17.5cms.
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Object Registration
P000391
Keywords
macintosh's sawmill, sawmill industry, echuca east, banyule state forest, macintosh james, dowell, charlie, logging industry, jackson, clare
Historical information
Macintosh's sawmill was on the banks of the Murray River in Echuca east where the Banyule State forest is now located. A tramway ran out to it from the main rail line near the iron bridge. Macintoshes Sawmill was one of the largest in the area. (Ref. Clare Jackson. )
Significance
Macintoshes sawmill was set up by James Macintosh in 1868 in Echuca East. His sawmill prospered and in 1878 was "equal to five normal sawmills" (Ref; Coulson, Helen, "Echuca Moama On the Murray." P.158) He also owned 2 paddle steamers and 8 barges. The Macintosh Family contributed substantially to the development of Echuca East, but by 1901 the Family was in severe debt and were forced to sell the sawmill to the Nicholas Family.
Inscriptions & Markings
On the back of the photograph written in pencil are the words "Believed to be workmen at McIntosh's mill (Charlie Dowell says)
Last updated
2 Nov 2017 at 1:20PM