Photograph, Crosbie's Flax Mill, Waikawa Valley; Alma Studio, Invercargill; 1906...

Name/Title

Photograph, Crosbie's Flax Mill, Waikawa Valley

About this object

This is a photograph of Jim Crosbie's flax mill at Bogle Creek in the Waikawa Valley taken in late 1906 or 1907. In their excellent book, 'The Waters of the Waikawa River' Ruth Hayes and Heather Buckingham outline this Mill's story:

' In October 1906, James Crosbie started a flax mill at Bogle Creek. This proved a very profitable venture as flax ten feet long was readily available and the price was rising steady. From £25 to £30 per ton, it rose in early 1907 to nearly £40. Work stopped in March for the winter months and started again in November. Early in 1908 the mill was dismantled and shifted to James' own farm, but it was never erected again as the price of fibre had slumped so badly that it was not worth processing.'

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Waikawa

Maker

Alma Studio, Invercargill

Maker Role

Photographer

Date Made

1906-1907

Period

1900s

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed material, paper

Inscription and Marks

Printed on the front of the mount: 'Alma Studio, Dee Street, Invercargill, N.Z.'
Printed in black ink on back: 'WW 93.-813' and "A. Crosbie'.

Measurements

h 250 mm x w 305 mm = card mounting
h 145mm x w 202mm = photograph

Subject and Association Keywords

Agriculture

Object Type

photographs

Object number

WW.1993.813

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

This object is from
Tags
1900s
Agriculture

Include tags such as place names, people, dates, events and colours. Use commas to separate multiple tags. e.g. Pablo Picasso, Madrid, red, 1930s.

Share