Photograph, John McKay, Alan Brown and Jim Kenneally at McKay's Mill ; Unknown p...


Photograph, John McKay, Alan Brown and Jim Kenneally at McKay's Mill

About this object

A black and white photograph labelled as, Jim (James) Kenneally, John McKay and Alan Brown at McKay's Mill. It is possible this photograph was taken after a fire at the mill. According to an article in the Southland Times of 5 November 1926, the fire totally destroyed the mill, with the damage being estimated between 4,000 and 5,000 pounds. Plans were made to immediately rebuild as very little timber was destroyed with the timber being stored at More and Sons, Longwood yard.

In 1832 - Simonds was founded by Abel Simonds, producing blades and knives. In 1876 circular saw blades were introduced, using a patented tempering system. In 1878 wide bandsaw blades were introduced, becoming the core product range. In 2022, it is listed as the oldest tool cutting manufacturer in North America.

Jim Keneally, born 1883, married John McKay's sister, Elizabeth Anne, in December 1913. Jim died in 1957 aged 74 years and is buried in Riverton cemetery.
John McKay, born 1883, married Barbara Thompson in 1914, and died in 1960, aged 77, and is also buried in the Riverton cemetery.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Longwood


Unknown photographer

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on the front: ' McKay Alan Brown Jim Kenneally'.
Handwritten on the back: 'Received from Hector Brown. McKay's Sawmill, Wards Road'
Circular blue stamp on back: 'Wallace Early Settlers Museum Riverton'
Handwritten in black ink on back: 'P33-93-447'


h x 89 mm x w 140 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Subject and Association Keywords

Forestry and Sawmilling

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, paper

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