Photograph, Otara Mill; Unknown photographer; 1910-1920; RI.P0000.36


Photograph, Otara Mill

About this object

A photographic postcard which probably shows a factory at Otara, in the Catlins, 56km east of Invercargill. The photo shows barrel stays stacked up and the men wear white, suggestive of dairy processing.

This postcard was written by Annie Jessie Phillips, who was born at Colac Bay in 1888. She later married Joseph Thwaites in 1912 and they lived in the Catlins area. Annie died in 1981 and is buried at Fortrose. We believe the postcard was sent to her sister Janet who married Walter Riddell and moved to Nelson. Annie's writing is difficult to read but she appears to call her sister 'Jan' or 'Jen'. The writing matches another postcard in our collection, also sent by Annie to Janet, refer RI.P0000.27.

The letter reads:

Otara, Feb 3rd
For Jinnie, Jessie, Edgar & Walter
Dear Sister Jan, I intended answering your last ever welcome letter before this, but always kept putting it off. It is mail day tomorrow, so I am sending this p.c. & will write next week. I hope this finds you all quite well Jen, & I trust you are keeping better yourself. I want you to write & tell me if I leave here for Nelson 1st of May, will that be soon enough Jen. I am going with the boat from the Bluff, like we all did. ?? won't be worried until I come back. Have not room to write any more so will say good night with loudest love to all from Annie.


Unknown photographer

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

On the reverse in cursive ink is the original letter as transcribed above.
In the top right corner next to 'Otara' the word 'Mill' has been added in blue ink.
Reverse, in thick black pen, circled: '41'.


h 90 mm x w 140 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

Forestry and Sawmilling

Subject and Association Keywords

Industry and Manufacturing

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, paper

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