Item 15 - Sawmill photographs

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AU TAS UTAS SPARC R2-15

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Sawmill photographs

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  • c1890-1910 (Creation)

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(c1845-c1900)

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The Risby Timber Company until its demise in the mid-1990s was one of Australia's oldest family-run firms. Boat builders Thomas and Joseph Risby established a sawmill in Hobart in the mid-1840s. Thomas left, but Joseph had the business on a sound footing when his three sons took control in 1885, trading as Risby Brothers. By 1900 Risbys had ten vessels and their enterprises extended from the south-east to the west, with a depot and mill at Strahan (1897), followed by numerous bush mills in the Derwent Valley. They sold timber and timber-related products, and moved to different sites in Hobart as business expanded, particularly during the do-it-yourself boom of the 1970s. After the main Westerway mill burnt down in 1957, Risbys developed a state-of-the-art sawmill at Austins Ferry. Among numerous timber-based ventures, the company became embroiled in the conservation-forestry confrontation at Farmhouse Creek in 1986. The company closed in 1994. From: http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/R/Risby%27s.htm

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Deposited on loan by Risby Bros. Pty Ltd., 1970

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Collection of photographs of sawmills dated c1890 to 1910

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May be consulted. Permission from owners necessary for copying or publication.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact Special.Collections@utas.edu.au

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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Original inventory and descriptive notes can be found at https://eprints.utas.edu.au/11053/1/risby-R2_Risby_Bros._Sawmillers.pdf

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Risby Bros. Pty. Limited : the rise to prominence in the Tasmanian timber industry / by David Brownlow. Thesis (B.A.(Hons.)--University of Tasmania, 1969.
Against the odds : Risbys - Tasmanian timber pioneers 1826-1995 / Alex Graeme-Evans. - Morris Miller-Book CS 2009 .R57 1995

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CE August 2018

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