Photograph, More and Sons Sawmill; Phillips Brothers; 1904-1910; RI.P34.468


Photograph, More and Sons Sawmill

About this object

A black and white photograph of staff at More and Sons Sawmill.

A handwritten note on the back reads: 'Norman Hankan was sawyer at More's'. We have not yet been able to identify which of the men in the photograph is Norman Hankan.

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'

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Invercargill


Phillips Brothers

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Imprinted on the front: 'Phillips Bros 147 Lyne St Invercargill'Handwritten in black ink on the back: 'P34.93.468'Handwritten in black marker on the front: 'Norman Hankan was sawyer at More's'Stamped on the back: 'Wallace Early Settlers Museum Riverton'Handwritten in pencil on the back: 'Hankan'Yellow sticker on the back: '04/7'


Image: h x 146 mm x w 199 mm
Mount: h x 250 mm x w 293 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

Industry and Manufacturing

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, paper
organic, processed material, cardboard

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Public Domain Public Domain

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