Photograph, Templeton's Flaxmill; Unknown photographer; 1910-1920; RI.P38.93.519

Name/Title

Photograph, Templeton's Flaxmill

About this object

A black and white photograph of a field of flax. Written on the back is 'M. Templeton', this is believed to be Muir Templeton, born 1886 at Thornbury, the first of 10 children of Jessie and William Templeton. In 1911 the family moved to a property at Otaitai Bush which had flax swamps and a mill which William later shifted closer to Riverton.

The four eldest brothers went to fight in World War One, while the remaining family ran the mill to produce the rope and twine needed for the war effort. Prices had boomed during the war, but slumped in the 1920s.

During World War Two, flax milling was again declared an essential industry and prices rose. The fibre was used for wool packs, flax matting, and filling for upholstery, as well as rope and twine. In its heyday the Otaitai Bush mill was turning out over 300 tons of fibre a year which meant some 2,700 tons of flax were being processed.

Reference: Patrick, Elaine. 1998. Southern People; A dictionary of Otago and Southland. Longacre Press: Dunedin City Council. pg. 502. A copy is available to view in the Te Hikoi Museum Research Room, Riverton.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Riverton-Aparima

Maker

Unknown photographer

Maker Role

Photographer

Date Made

1910-1920

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten in black marker on the front: 'Templetons'
Stamped on the back: 'Wallace Early Settlers Museum, Riverton'
Witten in white on the back: 'P39.93.519'
Handwritten in black marker on the back: '255b'
Handwritten on the back: 'Mr M. Templeton'

Measurements

Image: h 102 mm x w 146 mm
Mount: h 203 mm x w 253 mm

Period

1910s

Object Type

photographs

Subject and Association Keywords

Agriculture

Medium and Materials

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

Object number

RI.P38.93.519

Rights

Attribution - Non-commercial (cc) Attribution - Non-commercial (cc)

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