Photograph, Crosbie's Flax Mill, Waikawa Valley; Alma Studio, Invercargill; 1906...
Photograph, Crosbie's Flax Mill, Waikawa ValleyAbout 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.'
1900sMedium and Materials
organic, vegetal, processed material, paperInscription 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'.
h 250 mm x w 305 mm = card mounting
h 145mm x w 202mm = photograph
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