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Timber, Veneer and Plywood 1901 - 1969
From country to city
Kingston Glue Factory The greatest expenses in running a timber mill were wages and logs. The ‘milk’ was needed to make the casein glue to glue sheets of veneer together to make the plywood. In the beginning, 200 to 1000 gallons of skim milk per day were required. In October 1918 Mac purchased 12 ½ acres of land at Kingston, south of Brisbane beside the railway line. He built a glue factory and, using the buttermilk from the nearby Kingston Butter factory, produced his own casein glue.
Glue Factory built at Kingston, south of Brisbane in 1918. Williams Collection.
Bullock team hauling logs in the Canungra district. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image number: 170790
The bullock teams Mac had been purchasing his pine logs from the Beechmont Pine Company near  Canungra. To cut expenses he decided to fell and mill his own timber. In 1918 he bought a property at Josephville, nine miles south of Beaudesert that was covered with 6,000,000 feet of standing pine. Timber-getters worked with double- handed saws cutting down the pine trees. Stripped of excess branches the trees were loaded onto a wagon. A team of bullocks was yoked to the wagon and slowly made its way along the dusty road to the sawmill. The logs were either sawn into planks or taken down to the railway siding and railed to Coorparoo.
Moulding a new career First rotary lathe in Brisbane Woolloongabba Mills Glue and logs from the country Expansion after The Great War Mac's men at the mills Largest plywood mill in Australia Timber resources The Great Depression Queensland Veneer Company World War II Retirement References